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The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH, 02/07/03

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Eric Webster simply couldn't believe this was happening to him again, but he was going to put a stop to it this time. Webster had just let his dog outside after finishing an evening card game with his friends. The dog began barking loudly, and Webster stepped outside to investigate. As he walked toward his driveway, a masked man put a gun to his head and announced, "Don't move or I'm gonna' kill you." Just four months previously, Webster and his wife had been held at gunpoint while their house was ransacked and their truck stolen. Webster thought of his wife and kids, now sleeping just inside, and took action. "I wasn't going to do it," he said. "I wasn't going to let it happen again." Webster ran back into his house to get the rifle he'd purchased after the previous robbery and yelled for a friend inside to get his gun as well. They then ran back outside and discovered two masked men by the side of the house. Webster and his friend fired at the suspects, who jumped into their car and took off. Webster and his friend followed the would-be robbers in Webster's car and contacted police by cell phone. The chase ended when the suspects crashed their car and the men took off running. A bag containing several guns was recovered from the vehicle. Webster recognized one of the handguns as one taken from him during the previous robbery. The suspects were eventually caught and taken into custody.
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