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May 15th, 2009
03:33 PM ET

Police Officer/Hero: Justin Garner

Carthage, N.C. PD

Carthage, N.C. PD

From outside the nursing home, he could hear the shots. The elderly residents... sitting ducks for an angry gunman.

Corporal Justin Garner didn't wait for backup.

He couldn't.

He crept into the building, past bleeding victims - and encountered the shooter in a hallway, reloading.

Corporal Garner warned him several times to drop it. He didn't. The two exchanged fire, wounding each other.

But the rampage, which left eight people dead, was over.

We honor Carthage (NC) Police Corporal Justin Garner, as part of our special coverage of National Police Week.


Filed under: Kyra Phillips • Police Officer/Hero
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