Good Samaritan shot in face speaks about recovery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Good Samaritan who was shot in the face over a week ago was released from the hospital and is speaking out for the first time.

Ralph Tackett, 49, says his life has changed. He's been bedridden for almost two weeks when he had to go through surgery after a bullet went through his jaw. The biggest change he says is the disappointment of a good deed gone wrong.

"I had good intentions to go help somebody and they just shot me and took my car and took my wallet," said Tackett.

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The car the three suspects were traveling in was reported stolen on the Westside two days prior to the shooting. It was crashed just a few hundred feet outside of Tackett's home in the Fort Caroline area around 5 a.m. April 12. Tackett who also served in the U.S. military as a Marine, drove out to help, but never thought he was in danger until he saw the guns and was shot.

"I came home, ran all the way around the yard back home, spitting blood and my teeth out and I called 911," added Tackett.

Tackett says he's heard little back from police about any leads. He's just focusing on recovering now and how he will approach those in need in the future.

"It's taught me a very valuable lesson that I will always help people, but if I hear a disturbance at my house after hours I will call police, the authorities," added Tackett. "I'm not going to try to be a hero and run out my house and save the day."

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Both stolen cars were found, but no suspects.

"These three it seems like are going to continue to do this and someone is going to end up dead and someone's family member so if anybody knows anything at all come forward," said Tackett.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


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