the man was committing a carjacking at a North Carolina grocery store.
According to police:
Thirty-year-old Fred Louis Ervin, of Raleigh, stole money from a Garner BP gas station before running across the street to the parking lot of a Harris Teeter in Fuquay-Varina, just south of Raleigh. There, he began beating Irene Moorman Bailey while trying to take her car. Other shoppers came to Bailey's rescue, including a man who hit Ervin with the only weapon he could find: a frozen turkey. He hit the suspect several times in the head with it.
Despite head injuries, Ervin got away in Bailey's car, hitting several other cars as he fled. But he was arrested a short time later.
Ervin faces several charges, including assault, inflicting serious injury, larceny and hit and run.
He was being treated at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Hospital officials said he was in good condition.
Frozen turkeys are, of course, hard as a rock.
"I don't know, in my 30 some year career, if I've heard of someone getting in a fight with a frozen turkey involved! " Fuquay-Varina Police Chief Larry Smith told reporters.