PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- A Putnam County deputy survived a potentially deadly confrontation early Sunday morning.
According to Deputy Hancel Woods with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office a deputy named Kevin Corbin was off-duty when he and his wife pulled into a Kangaroo gas station on Highway 17 and State Road 207 in East Palatka to buy gasoline.
Corbin noticed an altercation between two groups at the gas station. Woods said Corbin told his wife to call 911 and he walked over to the group, asking several men to leave the parking lot.
While some did, three men did not. According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, two of those men -- Kenny Cruz-Rodriguez and Jorge Santiago-Rodriguez -- attacked Corbin.
Woods said the two men took Corbin's gun, pointed it at his chest, and pulled the trigger. In a press release, Sheriff Jeff Hardy said, "The exact nature of the malfunction that kept Deputy Corbin's weapon from firing when it was pointed directly at his chest is unclear at the present time.
However, I thank God for watching over our young man and making sure that he made it home safely at the end of the night." Another deputy arrived and arrested the two men.
Both Cruz-Rodriguez and Santiago-Rodriguez are charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Corbin was beaten and is expected to need oral surgery.
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