Good Samaritan talks about his recovery after being shot

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A man who was shot while trying to intervene in a fight between a woman and her abusive boyfriend says he'd do it all over again.

Ryan Doyle was shot once, but compounding the problem was the damage the bullet did. It fragmented when he was hit, shredding bone and tissue.

He has a long road to a full recovery, a journey he'll take while the man accused of shooting him sits in the custody of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"Someone is pointing a gun at you, you're scared to death," Doyle said. "I was pleading for my life, 'Please don't shoot me,' like you'd see in the movies."

Many people might shy away from "do-gooding" afterward, but not Doyle.

"It's second nature to me," he said. "I wouldn't think twice. You see someone that's in trouble, you want to help them."

That's exactly what Doyle did in mid-November. He confronted a man who was beating a woman in his Tempe neighborhood. The man didn't like it and pulled a .40-caliber revolver.

"I guess the kid had hollow points," Doyle said.

He chased Doyle down and shot him in the leg, tearing his femoral artery.

"The blood was pouring out like a water faucet," he said.

His leg almost had to be amputated. Two months later, Doyle's spirits are good, but his health, albeit improving, is still not so good.

"They said I'm never going to be able to dance or snowboard or ski or hike or run again, but I'm going to prove them wrong," Doyle said. "He tried to kill me, you know. I think he should do a minimum of 10 to 15 years."

Jeremy Cartwright, 21, was arrested for the shooting, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.