A would-be robber is dead following a shootout with a former CNN reporter in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Former CNN anchor Lynne Russell was accosted in the parking lot of the Motel 6 she was staying in by an armed assailant on Wednesday night. The assailant pushed her into her room, where her husband, former CNN reporter Chuck de Caro, was just exiting the shower.
But the assailant, in possession of a “40-caliber big shiny silver handgun,” didn’t know who he was messing with. De Caro is a former Special Forces member and military expert. Russell is a licensed private investigator, former sheriff’s deputy, and has two martial arts black belts. Both are expert shots and legally carry concealed handguns.
NBC News described how the shootout, straight out of a Tarantino movie, went down:
[Russell] said she offered to search her purse for something of value to hand over to the gunman — and slipped her gun into the purse, which she then handed to her husband.
“‘Is there anything in here we can give him?’” Russell said she asked. “Chuck said, ‘Oh, yes, there is.’”
After the assailant opened fire on de Caro, the former reporter returned fire:
It was a shootout,” Russell said. “He expended the rounds from one small handgun and grabbed for the other even as he had taken fire. The guy went down, and he was history.”
De Caro was hit three times but is expected to survive and fully recover.
“I am very, very proud of my husband. He is my hero,” Russell said. “He saved my life.”
So let this be a lesson to all you criminals out there: Uh, don’t mess with CNN?