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The Observer, Charlotte, NC, 9/28/95

Monday, January 1, 1996

Charlotte, North Carolina, resident Joel Smith pulled behind his bank after discovering it was being held up and alerted police to the situation from his cellular phone. The self-employed contractor planned to follow the robber once he fled in order to give police directions. Instead, the armed bandit charged from the bank firing shots across the shopping center parking lot and headed right for Smith, demanding his truck. Fearful for his life, Smith grabbed his .45 from atop his console and fired, mortally wounding the crook.

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