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Armed citizen shoots robber, may have saved own life

 Originally ran here as:
"Suspect, Victim Shot In Failed Robbery "

Published: Aug 14, 2001, Tampa Tribune

TAMPA - An armed teenager riding a bicycle and his intended victim were shot early Monday in a botched holdup outside a funeral home in Belmont Heights, police said.

Detectives said the teenager approached John W. Harmon III outside Harmon Funeral Home after midnight, pulled a gun and ordered Harmon to ``give it up.''

Instead, police said, Harmon drew a gun of his own, and both fired. Harmon was hit in the shoulder. The teenager fled, but was later found hiding nearby with two bullet wounds in the upper torso and one in the hand, police said.

The teenager, identified as Marlon Kelley, 15, was taken to Tampa General Hospital. He underwent surgery and was in critical condition, police said. Charges against him were pending, police spokesman Joe Durkin said. Harmon was treated at the hospital and released.

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