Robbery victim saved when gun misfires - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Robbery victim saved when gun misfires

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Tragedy was averted for a Midsouth man when a robber disguised in a ski mask tried to shoot him, but the gun didn't work.

Pam Williamson and her fiance Randy Sharpe returned home from a dinner date last Friday night when an armed robber appeared out of nowhere.

"(He) had the big huge ski mask on, coming running out of the dark with a nine millimeter gun," Williamson said.

The robber demanded money and jewelry, and became angry when the couple admitted to only having credit cards.

"He pulled the gun up to about a foot from Randy's chest, and he pulled the trigger," Williamson said.

The robber tried to shoot Randy Sharpe in the chest twice, but the gun would not fire.

"It's a dry click," Williamson said.  "I won't forget it.

Sharpe said he was handling the near death experience pretty well.

"I've been shot at by a lot better people than that little punk," he said.

After the misfire, Sharpe tackled the would-be robber and tried to get his gun away, but the man was able to escape.

Williamson credited a higher power for the gun's malfunction.

"The detectives said we had angels watching over us," she said. "We both should have been dead."

Both the victims and police said it was an unusual crime in a typically quiet neighborhood.  Williamson said the economy may be making criminals more desperate...and dangerous.

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