Ex-Marine Shot While Trying To Help Group Of Men Following Car Crash

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Here is the ultimate example of no good deed going unpunished.

Retired Marine Ralph Tackett was sitting in his home on Monday morning when he heard a car crash outside. He promptly ran out his door, hopped in his car and drove to the scene of the crash.

As he approached the wrecked silver Pontiac, three men hopped out of the car and said they needed a tire.

“A tire?” Tackett responded. “I think you need more than a tire.”

Then, one of the men inexplicably pulled out a gun and shot Tackett in the jaw.

“They didn’t ask for the car, didn’t ask him to get out or anything,” said Tackett’s wife, Sandy. “They just shot him.”

Tackett hit one of the men after being shot and then ran across the street back to his house. His wife says he was spitting teeth and blood everywhere when he came inside. He was taken to a hospital where surgeons removed the bullet from his jaw.

"They got the bullet out, he's got three plates in his jaw, three titanium plates and he's going to need more surgeries," Sandy Tackett said.

Tackett, a father of two, is still in shock over what happened.

"He said, 'I just can't believe it, I'm not going to go out and help anybody anymore'” Sandy said. “He says, 'I thought I was doing the right thing' and instead he says 'I get shot.’”

Police are still searching for the three men involved in the shooting. Officials have asked anyone with information about the crime to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. 

Sources: First Coast News, New York Daily News