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Florida doctor hailed as "heroic" for arresting gunman at VA medical center, says FBI



A Florida doctor is considered a hero by the FBI after being attacked by an amputee who had opened fire in the emergency room of a medical center.

FBI Special Agent Justin Fleck said the doctor, who was not identified, managed to jump on Larry Ray Bon between shots Wednesday night in the center of Riviera Beach, although he was already hit the back of the neck with a bullet. Well, a 59-year-old wheelchair patient, has been combative all day and has finally pulled out a handgun from under a cushion, officials said.

"The same doctor who suffered the neck injury is the same person who submitted the subject … he is doing well and he has done something heroic today," Fleck told reporters.

The doctor was treated and discharged from a hospital in West Palm Beach. Another employee was hit by a bullet and suffered only minor injuries.

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Bon was briefly in the US Army in the 1970s, but his leg amputations are not suspected to be related to his service, officials told NBC News. They added that a warrant for arrest had been issued against him in Michigan and that he was perhaps homeless in South Florida.

Bon was arrested but was not charged on Thursday morning. The FBI was still investigating the incident.


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