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Man Fights Robber At Gun Point

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In Delaware County, a man found himself staring at a robber's gun, but instead of handing over his money, he puts his life on the line, fights back and bullets fly!

What would you do if you were confronted with masked man pointing a gun in your face? Not many of us would have done what John McGowan did.

His car just got totaled and John McGowan's night was about to get even worse.

It was 1:30 a.m., Saturday morning, inside a Norwood Sunoco. Surveillance video shows a masked man walked in, and points a gun inches from McGowan's face and demand money.

"And he was like, 'give me the money. And I said, 'you are messing with the wrong guy,'" McGowan recalled.

The wrong guy indeed.

McGowan, no stranger to a street fight-without hesitation, went after the guy, tackling him right into the rack of potato chips.

"I just started wrestling with him. We went to the ground and got him in a Brazilian Jujitsu choke hold and just beat him with his own gun," McGowan said.

Two shots were fired. One of them just missed him.

McGowan held the man until police arrived a minute later. It's good that he did. Inside the truck of the 20-year-old suspect, police found an AR-15 rifle with 60 rounds of ammunition.

Wally Mansour, the owner of the Sunoco who just met McGowan calls him a hero.

"It was like an action movie," Mansour said. "He put his life on the line that's for sure. He put his life on the line and he was brave enough to do it."

McGowan who injured his hand in the attack says that although police wouldn't advise it, he would do it all over again.

The suspect, 20-year-old CJ Gostynski, is facing 33 charges, including robbery and assault. Police say he grew up in the neighborhood and has no criminal history.

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