Former world heavyweight boxing champion Charles Martin says police “saved his life” after he was shot in Los Angeles earlier this week.Martin was in downtown LA in the early hours of Tuesday morning when he became involved in an argument with two men.
According to police, the men started shooting, but missed and fled. Martin got in his car and chased the gunmen, but crashed into a utility pole.
Police say the suspects returned and shot at Martin, hitting him in the forearm, before fleeing in a car.
“I looked down and saw a pool of blood. I said to myself, ‘I gotta get outta here. I’m gonna die. I’m gonna bleed to death,’” Martin said, as reported by tmz.com.
“I have to pay respect to the cops: they saved my life.”
The boxer claims he didn’t know the suspects and had no idea why they opened fire on him. Officers took Martin to hospital, where he underwent surgery. The suspects still haven’t been located.