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Casino Bus Driver Dared Robbers to Shoot

November 12, 1996

TYLER, Texas (AP) _ A casino bus driver shot in the face while trying to keep three armed robbers from escaping says he challenged one of the gunmen to fire.

``He told me to shut up or he was going to shoot,″ Mike Gibbs said Monday. ``I said, `Well, if you’re going to shoot, shoot me. Get it over with because when you shoot me, you’re going to kill yourself and probably a good 50 percent (of the people), if not everyone else.‴

About 60 passengers were robbed at gunpoint Thursday as the bus headed from Dallas to the Isle of Capri Casino in Bossier City, La. Midway through the 200-mile trip, the gunmen stood up, put on ski masks, and yelled it was a holdup.

Gibbs refused to let the men off, then was shot in the wrist and right jaw when he pulled over for police. He has since undergone four reconstructive surgeries and was in good condition early today.

The gunmen were caught in some woods and charged with robbery and attempted murder. A fourth man was arrested and accused of trailing the bus in a getaway car.

Gibbs said he was just protecting his passengers and should not be called a hero.

``I don’t wear a big `S’ on my chest, and I’m not flying nowhere,″ he said. ``I just tried to do the best I could for the company and those people.″

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