Good Samaritan wakes up from coma; suspect who shot him is still outstanding

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by Carina Sonn

azfamily.com

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 9:01 AM

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PHOENIX -- A good Samaritan has woken up from a coma after he was shot while trying to intervene in a robbery.

It happened two weeks ago near 48th Street and Virginia Avenue.

Police said Jerold Garrison, 33, was riding his bike with a friend when he saw a man trying to rob a woman.

His fiancee, Misti Chambers, who shares three children with Garrison, recalls what he told her about the night and what he heard.

"'Give me all your money, give me all you got now' and then she pushed his hand away and that's when the gun went off," Chambers said.

According to officials, Garrison tried to approach them to stop the robbery when the suspect first shot the woman and then Garrison.

The bullet entered the back of his neck and exited his mouth.

The 21-year-old woman was shot in the leg but has been released from the hospital.

That night Garrison managed to walk a quarter mile to a nearby fire station then he was rushed to the hospital.

"He remembers hearing bzzzzz, ringing in his ears," Chambers explains. "He's gone through three surgeries."

But on Monday night he was brought out of a medically induced coma.

"And the first person he asked for was me," Chambers said. "He's walking, he's talking, he's eating food. He's doing really good."

There's no word on when Garrison could be released from the hospital, but according to his fiancee, he has no regrets. 

"He said that if he had to do it over again, he would do it," she said. "That's just the person he is. He's got a big heart."

Although Garrison has AHCCCS, he can't work his part-time painting job for a while and that's left the family in a financial bind.

They've set up an account at Chase Bank for anyone who would like to help them out, (account #465118011).

The suspect in the case has not been arrested. He's described as a black man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, between 120 and 140 pounds. He may be driving an early '90s-model Honda Civic, possibly red or purple in color. If you see him call police.

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