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Shot in the line of duty, he lives to testify

January 5, 2011

TAMPA — The bullet pierced the right side of Deputy Miguel Galarza’s neck, tore through muscle and came out the left side, just missing his spine.

Hit at a slightly different angle, he might not have lived to testify Tuesday about the dangers of breaking up a home invasion.

But there he sat, scars at his collar, gulping down tears.

“I was down on the floor and I opened my eyes,” he said. “My arms are shaking. My feet are going every which way, and I can’t control it.

“And I think I’m dead.”

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