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Surviving Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun - Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. the woman who stared down the barrel of a suspected car-jackers gun who police say was later shot and killed by Metro officers is struggling to move past the frightening encounter.

Deanne Goetzinger will never forget how the laser sight from a car jacker's gun flickered as it scanned over her body.

He had his finger on the trigger and I saw a flash of red, Goetzinger said.

She's happy she survived, but she didn't go outside for days.

"I've just actually been here and that's probably a lot for fear, Goetzinger said.

Goetzinger had just dialed her husband to say she was headed home Friday when the man walked up to her window and told her to get out.

"I just threw it in park, got out of the car and let him have it, Goetzinger said.

As he drove away, Goetzinger realized she left her phone in the console.  Her husband Tim picked up from the couple's Smyrna home.

I just heard some heavy breathing and stuff on the phone and Im asking who it is, what's going on and I didn't get an answer right away, so I was pretty freaked out, Tim Goetzinger said.

The strange voice that eventually did answer didn't help.

"He said he had to get away, I'm on drugs, Ive got to get away," Tim Goetinger said.

Within seconds, Tim received a second call, from a man who stopped to help Deanne

"He said, your wife's been car-jacked, Tim Goetzinger said.  She's okay but you need to track that cellphone.  He's in the car, he's got her phone."

That's when the couple's teenage daughter had a brilliant idea, to track her mom's phone using the Find Your Friends smartphone app

She was able to talk with police and tell them where they were, where the car was, Tim Goetzinger said.

Police eventually zeroed in on Aaron Smith, an ex-con with a lengthy rap sheet.  Investigators say Smith drew his gun, forcing officers to fire and kill the 51-year-old.

Deanne says she hasn't shaken the fear of being out on the road, but there is something she did let go.

I've had a lot of people ask me how I feel about him and I don't have any hate towards him or his family," Deanne Goetzinger said.

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