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Marcus Young’s deadly confrontation on the night of March 7, 2003 exemplifies what it means to be ‘down, but not out’ in a gunfight. Young had been shot five times by 35-year-old Neal Beckman, a violent felon whose shots struck Young in the cheek, back, and upper right arm. Body armor likely saved Young’s life, but his strong-side arm was out of the fight altogether. Young then got into a knock-down, all-out, hand-to-hand fight with Beckman in which Young split his left hand nearly in half on the concrete.

“My right arm was paralyzed,” Young said in a 2004 interview. “My left hand had a two-inch tear between the index and middle fingers, and I could not draw my gun. I was bleeding profusely.”

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