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News-Observer, Raleigh, NC, 10/20/04

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Jewelry store owner Larry Dickerson was working in his Raleigh, N.C., store when he noticed that the three men who had come inside were acting suspiciously. Dickerson was making sure that his gun was handy when he noticed one man had taken a gun out of his pocket. "When he wheeled around, I hit the floor. He fired three shots at me," said Dickerson. A retired police officer, Dickerson, who never fired a shot in more than 20 years of duty, returned fire. No one was injured in the exchange. The three men then fled the store and have not been apprehended. "You have to have a gun," Dickerson said. "If I didn't have it, I'd be dead."
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