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A victim of an attempted carjacking combined courage and physical strength to turn the tables on a gun-toting suspect over the weekend in Memphis.
What are the details?
The victim said that the suspect — later identified as 18-year-old Derrion Turner — was wearing a black ski mask when he pointed a gun at him and demanded his 2022 Dodge Charger at the Fill-N-Go on South Third late Sunday night in the southwest part of the city, WREG-TV reported.
The victim said he grabbed the suspect from behind when the suspect moved toward the driver’s seat of his car, the station said, adding that they struggled over the weapon.
The gun was fired once, hitting the inside of the Charger, WREG said, adding that the victim said he soon took the gun from the suspect and held him on the ground until police arrived.
A manager inside the Fill-N-Go told the station it all happened at pump seven just before midnight. The manager added to WREG that he didn’t hear the gunshot but saw the conclusion of the struggle.
“I saw the man over the guy with a gun, and then a customer came inside and told me what happened,” the manager added to the station.
The Fill-N-Go manager noted to WREG that he wasn’t surprised to hear the suspect only is 18 years of age: “They are getting younger and younger."
What happened next?
Turner was taken to the Violent Crimes Unit of the Memphis Police Department, where investigators said he admitted to the attempted carjacking at the gas station — as well as an armed carjacking last week in the 3100 block of Manor Drive in the city's Frayser neighborhood, the station said.
Police said the victim in Thursday's carjacking said two armed males approached her and took her 2018 Nissan Rogue, her iPhone, and $750, WREG reported.
She was able to identify Turner as the individual who put a gun to her head and drove off in her vehicle, police added to the station.
Turner is charged with carjacking, attempted carjacking, aggravated robbery, three counts of employment of a firearm during a dangerous felony, and reckless endangerment, WREG said.
Jail records indicate Turner posted a $40,000 bond Monday and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.