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The St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla. 08/08/11

Monday, August 8, 2011

Raven Smith and Lesley Tanner were exiting a car in the parking lot of a restaurant in St. Petersburg, Fla., when a criminal armed with a gun attempted to rob them. The robber initially approached Tanner, at which point Smith drew a .380 handgun and fired at the thief, striking him several times. After falling to the ground, the criminal took off his mask and pleaded with Smith for mercy, claiming, falsely, that his gun was a fake. Once the criminal no longer posed a threat, Smith flagged down a police officer who arranged transportation for the criminal to a local hospital. Police have made clear that they have no plans to charge Smith, as he was acting in self-defense and is a Right-to-Carry permit holder.
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