This is how the store manager, Orvin Smith, tells it in the Augusta Chronicle.
Cpl. Phillip Duggan, 24, was stabbed in the back around 1:15 pm Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, as he and three other Marines in their dress blues collected festive holiday gift items for the Toys for Tots program in front of the Best Buy store in Augusta, Ga.
Surveillance cameras caught a shoplifter stuffing a laptop under his coat and when he was approached by store clerks to drop it, a scuffle ensued. The robber let go of the laptop then ran toward the front door. On the way out he brandished a knife.
He hadn’t counted on the Marines.
The Marines, Smith said, “clotheslined him, and after that he kind up got up and started swinging a knife around. He stabbed one of the gentlemen in the back. It wasn’t a severe cut, probably a couple of stitches at the most. After that, they subdued him and we held him down until the cops came.”
Duggan pulled the man down the ground, Gunnery Sgt. Robert Ritchie says in the story, “the guy had a knife and came over the top and got Duggan in the back.”
Duggan, says Gunnery Sgt. Sherry Barrera, had joined the Reserve unit three months ago.
According to the Chronicle story, Duggan’s wound is not believed to be life-threatening.