A Single Shot Stops Campground Assault

posted on August 12, 2016

“Are you ready to die?”

Humboldt County, Calif., deputies report that’s what 50-year-old Patrick Michael Harris said to a woman at the BLM campgrounds in Petrolia. According to witnesses, the aggressor was acting strangely and approached the female victim from behind, attempting to choke her with rebar. 

Just at the moment the woman thought she was taking her last breath, an eyewitness stepped up to stop the attack. The man who intervened shot Harris in the leg, likely saving the woman’s life. He then also called 911 to report the shooting. 

Although she received significant facial injuries, the victim did not require any medical attention. Harris was detained by other citizens at the scene before he was taken to a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening leg injury—where he was treated and then arrested for attempted homicide.

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