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Good Samaritan honored for thwarting robbery

Scott was awarded for his bravery during the December incident. (Photo source: WLOX) Scott was awarded for his bravery during the December incident. (Photo source: WLOX)
Scott suffered a punctured lung, liver, and deep cuts all over his body. (Photo source: WLOX) Scott suffered a punctured lung, liver, and deep cuts all over his body. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Wednesday morning, Sheriff Troy Peterson presented a Citizens Meritorious Award to a man for his actions helping to thwart a 2016 robbery.

The handshake, recognition, and plaque wasn't on Damon Scott's mind back in December when he stepped in to help stop a theft.

He was in the car outside of the Dollar General on Canal Road in Gulfport. His girlfriend, now wife, Marie came out to tell him that someone was robbing the store. He saw the suspect come out with a cash box in tow, told Marie to call 911, and took action.

"I yelled at him, grabbed the bat and told him to just drop it and go," said Scott. "He didn't. He nodded at me like we were friends. I said, 'Alright, you're under citizens arrest. Get down on the ground, and get your hands up,'" said Scott.

The suspect ignored him and kept walking, then the two scuffled. Scott hit the suspect with the bat, knocking the cash box free. The suspect ran, but not before slashing Scott multiple times.

"I realized that I was stabbed and couldn't breathe. I was trying to catch my air and I couldn't. I took a knee and a couple of people asked me to just relax and lay down. I said, 'He's going to get away if I lay down,'" said Scott.

Sgt. Joe Sturm was one the first on the scene.

"There was just a huge amount of blood on the ground and the surrounding area, so you knew it had to be bad," said Sturm.

And, it was bad. Scott had a punctured lung, liver, and deep cuts all over his body. He was in the hospital recovering from multiple surgeries for weeks.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department wanted to make sure Scott knew how much his actions were appreciated.        

"It's something that he did as an act of bravery to stop a robbery. Although he is severely hurt, it's something that needs to be recognized," said Sheriff Troy Peterson.

Peterson advised Scott against repeating the act, and it sounds like the words of wisdom stuck.

"I'm grateful for everything they did. I won't try to do that again, though," said Scott.

Two suspects, Demarcus Leshore and Marces Rush, remain in jail as the investigation continues. 

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