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Democratic Lawmaker Exchanges Gunfire With Robber

Four teenagers thought they picked an easy target they tried to rob two men in suits walking in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania around 11:00p.m. They didn't realize their would-be victims were Democratic State Representatives Marty Flynn (D-Scranton) and Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie).

Flynn and Bizzarro were walking back to their apartment following a late night dinner with fellow legistlators when they were approached by two gunmen with bandanas covering their faces about 11 p.m. One of the men held the legislators at gunpoint while the other ordered them to hand over their wallets. Neither man reached for his wallet. 

Flynn, a former corrections officer, boxer, and MMA fighter, grabbed his concealed handgun and exchanged gunfire with the would-be robbers, sending the criminals running.

Flynn and Bizzarro returned to their apartment where they called 911 and reported the shooting. Harrisburg police arrived, took the firearm into custody, and were able to track down the two robbers and two accomplices.

All four are teenagers who will be charged as adults. Police have identified them as 17-year-old Jamani Ellison, 15-year-old Jyair Leonard, 17-year-old Derek Anderson, and 15-year-old Zha-quan McGhee.

"We were extremely impressed by the professional manner in which the Harrisburg police officers responded to our call," Bizzarro said. "We are very grateful."

"We are used to fighting for the people in our districts every day," Flynn said. "We certainly are going to stand up for ourselves and not become victims."

This is not the first time Flynn has taken on the role of crimefighter. Last August, he tackled a peeping tom to the ground and held him for police.