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69-Year-Old Vietnam Veteran Shoots Intruders

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A 69-year-old west Columbus man said he defended himself, his partner and his home from robbers.

The attempted robbery occurred at a home on Cascade Court in Columbus at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Vietnam veteran said a female neighbor came to his home Wednesday afternoon, and behind her were four men, two of whom were armed with guns.

"(They said,) 'We want your money. We're robbing you.' And then all of a sudden they start hitting my partner," he said.

The victim said that one of the men demanded cash. His partner was able to escape from the home and ran to call 911.

At the same time, the 69-year-old man said that one of the suspects came toward him brandishing a gun. That's when, the victim said, he fired two shots at the suspect.

"They turned their gun on me and when they did that I just stood up and shot," he said. "I honestly felt that I would have gotten killed. He would have gotten killed … And I wasn't going to let it happen."

Columbus police said one of the gunshots struck the suspect in the neck. Police said another shot struck another suspect in the chest.

"My adrenaline started going. I said, 'Well, it's either kill or be killed.' That's the way I looked at it just like we had to look at it in Vietnam. I had to protect our house," the victim said.

Both men are hospitalized at Mount Carmel West Hospital. The two other suspects were not arrested. Police said charges are pending.

The victim said that after the last time he was robbed, his partner bought a gun. He said he keeps that gun with him at all times. 

The Vietnam veteran who lives with his partner on Cascade Court says if he had to do it all over again he would.

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