Former CNN anchor Lynne Russell and her husband, former CNN reporter Chuck de Caro, survived a gun battle in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, motel on Tuesday night.
Russell and De Caro had pulled into a Motel 6 after a long day of traveling. But when Russell went out to the parking lot to the couple’s car at about 11:30 p.m., she was confronted by a man wielding a gun who forced her back into her room.
“The man pushed me inside, I was airborne, literally, and landed on the bed,” Russell told Albuquerque’s KOAT 7. “That was about the time that Chuck came out of the shower. 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.”
Both Russell and De Caro carry concealed guns, but Russell told KOB News that the robber fired first.
“He wound up taking my husband’s briefcase, and instead of just taking it and leaving, he took it and went over and started firing at my husband. And Chuck fired back and it was a shootout,” Russell said.
Police told KOAT7 that both men fired multiple rounds. The robber was killed and De Caro, who was shot three times, is expected to survive.
“I am very, very proud of my husband. He is my hero,” Russell told KOB. “He saved my life.”
Russell, who was not injured in the altercation, anchored CNN Headline News from 1983 to 2001, in addition to being a private investigator and former Sheriff’s deputy. De Caro is an investigative reporter who has worked for CNN who has previously served on in a U.S. military special forces group.
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