When a gunman tried to rob a woman at a Motel 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he couldn’t have anticipated just how foolish his decision was.
The woman, former CNN anchor Lynne Russell, was approached by the gunman in the motel parking lot on Tuesday. Perhaps thinking that he found an easy victim, he forced Russell back to her room and demanded her valuables. But what he didn’t know was that Russell’s husband, former Special Forces soldier Chuck De Caro, was just getting out of the shower.
KOAT7 reports on what Lynne Russell said happened next:
“The man pushed me inside, I was airborne, literally. And (I) landed on the bed, and that was about the time that Chuck came out of the shower,” Russell said. “The man was just wild. He was pointing the gun, and the way that he was acting, it was as if he’d done it before.”
Russell said she and her husband legally carry handguns, and they had them in the motel room.
For a moment, she said, it looked like the thief just wanted her husband’s briefcase.
Then, a gunfight ensued. De Caro sustained three gunshot wounds but still came out on top. As for the gunman, he died from his injuries.
When De Caro was asked about his heroic feat, he replied:
“I was determined to save my dream girl’s life – even if it cost my own.”
De Caro is now recovering from his hospital bed. Get well soon, hero.