On August 8, 1985 while working for BC Transit in the Greater Vancouver region, John Boyarski stopped his bus on a Vancouver street to assist a young girl who was being dragged to a car. Not at first aware that her assailant was armed, he stepped out of the bus, approaching the assailant while the young girl escaped to the inside of the bus. Three gunshots were fired from a semi-automatic pistol, all missing Boyarski. The assailant then fled in his car and was soon captured by police.
The victim had sustained two bullet wounds to the arm prior to Boyarski's arrival.
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