CEDAR HILL (CBSDFW.COM) – A Cedar Hill man out for a morning walk Tuesday came face to face with a gunman, who shot him twice in an attempted robbery.
James Rathbun was in the 300 block of Trees Drive around 5:40 a.m., when surveillance video shows a stranger casually strolling in his direction.
“Hey, good morning,” he remembers telling the man, with a friendly wave.
Rathbun was wearing earbuds and couldn’t understand the man’s response.
“He said, ‘Give me your wallet.’ But I was thinking he said, ‘Give me some water.’ So I said, ‘I just have coffee.’ So, then he slaps me and I’m like, wait a minute…” Rathbun recalled.
Rathbun said he told the man he wasn’t carrying a wallet, only to be slapped again. This time, he struck back with a stainless steel tumbler.
“I took my coffee cup and swing at him again. Get into a little altercation and on my way to the ground I hear a shot,” said Rathbun.
One bullet hit Rathbun’s shoulder and travelled across his back. The other became lodged in a weighted vest he was wearing, as part of his training for an obstacle race.
Rathbun said a detective told him the shot to his back could have been a fatal one.
“He said that would have been a kidney or a liver shot. Good thing I wore the vest this morning,” he said.
Anyone with information on the suspect can call Cedar Hill Police Department at 972-291-5181.