61-Year-Old Woman Stopped Gunman From Reloading

Patricia Maisch pulled ammo away from Loughner

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 10, 2011 6:30 AM CST | Updated Jan 10, 2011 7:52 AM CST

(Newser) – Talk about a brave 61-year-old: Patricia Maisch is being called a hero after wrenching away the Tucson shooter’s ammunition, preventing him from reloading as she helped press him to the ground, ABC News reports. Maisch was in line to meet Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when the shooting began. She threw herself to the ground to dodge the attack, and found Jared Lee Loughner “next to me on the ground” after he was laid low by another bystander.

A trio of men—Bill Badger, Roger Sulzgeber, and Joseph Zimudie—had "knocked him down" and sat on him as she held his ankles. "I kneeled over him. He was pulling a magazine and I grabbed the magazine and secured that." "I think the men got the gun, and I was able to get the magazine," preventing him from reloading, Maisch said. Click for more on the four heroes.

Patricia Maisch, 61, talks to the media outside her home in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.
Patricia Maisch, 61, talks to the media outside her home in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Patricia Maisch, 61, talks to the media outside her home in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.
Patricia Maisch, 61, talks to the media outside her home in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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