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Armed man apprehends suspect

COOS BAY (AP) — A North Bend resident pulled out his .45-caliber handgun to detain a homeless man who allegedly “sucker punched” another transient outside the Fred Meyer store in Coos Bay.

Jeffory Snyder told The World newspaper he grabbed 53-year-old Donald Johnson’s shirt when the man tried to get away after Wednesday’s attack. When the homeless man started to come toward him, Snyder took out the gun and pointed it at the suspect’s nose. Police Capt. Chris Chapanar says there was mild confusion when officers arrived and saw Snyder pointing the gun at the unarmed Johnson.

Snyder, who has a concealed weapons permit, placed the gun on the ground and was put in handcuffs. After speaking with witnesses, police let him go and arrested Johnson for fourth-degree assault.

Information from: The World,

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