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BATON ROUGE - Police are commending a man for his heroic actions after stepping between a gunman and a woman. The bullets missed, but police say he likely saved her life.

According to a report, police were called to a shooting in the 5500 block of Dutton Street. The caller reported his nephew shot at him and left the scene. Police later arrested 21-year-old Earl Hollins.

Weldon Wiggins says he was outside with family and friends when Hollins ran up to the group of people with a gun.

"I ran over here to this door, I told him, I said, hold on a minute boy," said Wiggins. "I said, don't you come here with that."

Wiggins says his nephew was after his ex-girlfriend who had just run into the house. The police report says the woman had been having problems with the man stalking and threatening her since they broke up.

"He took that gun and put that gun up in my face," he said.

Wiggins says he stepped in front of the gun and prevented Hollins from getting inside. That's when police say Hollins fired two shots. He missed, but Wiggins says it was a close call.

"When I backed up and turned to the side, I felt the wind from them bullets passing by my stomach," he said.

One of the bullets ricocheted off the side of the house and went through his back shed. Hollins fled, but police say what Wiggins did saved that girls life.

"This was a heroic act by Mr. Wiggins," said Cpl. Don Coppola. "Of course, we don't condone anyone stepping in front of a firearm but this case did work out, no one was harmed and Mr. Hollins was later arrested."

Wiggins says he wishes the whole thing would have never happened, especially at his home, but he doesn't call himself a hero.

"Hero... no," he said.

According to the police report, Hollins led police on a vehicle pursuit after leaving Wiggins' home. The vehicle crashed into a fence and Hollins led officers on a brief foot pursuit which resulted in his capture without further incident.

Hollins was booked into parish prison on multiple charges including attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault with firearm, stalking and felony theft.



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