Former CNN Headline News anchor Lynne Russell and husband Chuck de Caro, also a former CNN reporter, were involved in a fatal shootout at a motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday.
At around 11:30 p.m., an intruder broke into the couple’s motel room, wielding what Russell described as “a 40-caliber big shiny silver handgun” and demanding their money and valuables.
“It felt to me he was used to doing this, that whatever happened wouldn’t bother him,” Russell told the New York Post.
Russell, a licensed private investigator, and de Caro, former Special Forces, were both legally carrying their own concealed weapons at the time. When the gunman began firing on the couple, de Caro fired back, killing the intruder.
De Caro took three bullets,two to the abdomen and one to the leg, but avoided any fatal injuries. He was taken to the University of New Mexico hospital where he underwent surgery and will continue to recover.
“I just admire him so much,” Russell said. “My husband is a hero because he really saved our lives.”
“I was determined to save my dream girl’s life — even if it cost my own,” de Caro said.
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