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Jammed gun saves Bainbridge man's life

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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) –A jammed gun saved the life of a Bainbridge man, as someone tried to shoot him in the face at point blank range.

We spoke to a frightened neighbor, who heard the entire ordeal.

Just before 4:00 AM Tuesday, gunshots rang out and woke Linda Brown from a deep sleep.

"I just didn't know what to do," recalls Brown. "They were so close, those shots."

Curious, she peeked out her bedroom window.

"I think the lady over there was yelling call 911, call 911!"

Moments earlier, three men in a 1988 white Chevy Caprice, similar to the one seen here, had been driving through the neighborhood. They spotted Brown's 21-year-old neighbor, Avery Hampton, and pulled over to ask him for drugs.

When Hampton said he didn't do drugs, one of the thugs pointed a loaded .45 caliber handgun in his face and pulled the trigger.

The gun jammed, and that's when Hampton escaped to his house, just as shots were being fired behind him.

The suspects took off, driving down Broughton Street and firing shots all along the way. When investigators arrived, they found a shell casing laying on the ground.

Bainbridge Public Safety officers spotted the Caprice and followed it through town. But they broke off the high speed chase after it became a safety issue.

Sheriff's deputies took over and followed the car to the Seminole County line, making sure to get the license plate number before turning back.

As for Hampton, neighbors say he was shaken up, but had calmed down enough to go into work Tuesday. But Linda Brown is still scared of the crime in her new neighborhood.

"I just moved down here about two weeks ago now," Brown explains. "It's getting worse and worse, especially this street I think. Got to be careful. Right next door. And I got my grand baby in there."

She knows how easily this aggravated assault could have turned deadly.

Authorities ran the Caprice's tag and it came back to registered in Perry, Florida.

Investigators are working with the police department there and hope to arrest at least two suspects soon.

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