An amazing video out of Yuma County, Arizona, shows a Marine Corps veteran taking matters into his own hands to successfully thwart an armed robbery.
The veteran, who has not been publicly identified, remained calm in the face of danger as a trio of would-be burglars — one of them armed — stormed into a Chevron gas station early Wednesday morning, according to KSAZ-TV.
As one of the suspects flashed a handgun and pointed it at the cashier, the veteran quickly grabbed the weapon and twisted the suspect's arm, appearing to drive the suspect to the ground.
Two other suspects who entered the store behind their armed partner reacted by fleeing the scene in shock and fear. One can be seen falling to the ground before running away as if his life depended on it.
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"Upon arrival, Deputies learned of three suspects entering the Chevron, one of them armed with a handgun. The armed suspect walked next to a store customer while pointing the weapon toward the cashier when the customer acted immediately and disarmed him," the Yuma County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a statement.
The incident was captured on surveillance video.
The veteran was able to pin down the previously armed suspect until deputies arrived. The suspect has been arrested and booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center for armed robbery and aggravated assault.
The other two suspects were reportedly able to get away and as of Thursday morning are still on the loose. Law enforcement officials are asking the public to come forward with any information.
But thanks to the courageous veteran, a dangerous crime was averted and the community seems to be safe for now.
When asked by sheriff's deputies how he was able to take control of the situation, the veteran reportedly replied, "The Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around."