Badass Korean War Vet Sleeps With a Gun Under His Pillow, Kills Home Invader with a Single Round

Badass Korean War Vet Sleeps With a Gun Under His Pillow, Kills Home Invader with a Single Round

As much as we all appreciate the men and women of law enforcement, there are a couple popular sayings among those who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights:

"When seconds count, the police are just minutes away,"

and

"I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy."

These points are no better illustrated than by Don Lutz, an 84-year-old Korean War veteran living in Pennsylvania.

It was around 1:30AM on Friday when Lutz awoke to the sound of breaking glass. He retrieved his gun from under his pillow and went to investigate.

As Lutz entered the dark hallway of his home, he saw two intruders breaking in through his front door.

Although the 84-year-old ex-soldier happened to be a former champion weight-lifter, he found himself in a precarious situation. These home-invaders not only outnumbered him, but had the strength associated with youth as well.

There was no time to call the police, no way of negotiating with these criminals. As Lutz confronted the invaders, one of them charged.

From RT:

“I was in bed sleeping, they woke me up,” Lutz later told KDKA TV, a CBS-affiliate. “Woken up to them busting in on my front door, and I went out in the hallway in the dark, and I met this one guy, and he went to grab me and that’s when I shot him.”

The Korean War veteran apparently has a long habit of sleeping with a loaded gun under his pillow. “What’s the point of having a gun if it’s not loaded?” he told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Lutz said he fired only one bullet, which proved fatal for the attacker who later died on the kitchen floor. The elderly man, who happened to be former champion weight-lifter, then engaged in a fight with the second intruder, who managed to escape. Both attackers were half his age, the man said.

Lutz only regrets that he didn’t kill the second burglar. “Oh yeah, I would have shot him. They dropped the gun out of my hands; it was lying on the floor. I would have shot him, too,” he said. Luiz added that he is just “a little sore from scuffling” with the intruders but he wasn’t scared at all. “I had my gun. I’m an expert with guns. You do what you have to do.”

"You do what you have to do." Anyone with a healthy instinct for survival and self-preservation will recognize the validity of Lutz's statement.

CBS Pittsburgh has more:

Ellwood City Police and Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.

Authorities were on the scene into the night collecting evidence. Lutz was taken to the police station where he was questioned.

“At this time, it appears to be justified. We will take the evidence and go review it with the District Attorney’s Office and determine, let him make the final determination,” said Ellwood City Police Lt. David Kingston.

The homeowner says police never found the bullet inside his home, but they did find one casing. He said he hopes they catch the second suspect fast.

Chalk up a win for the law-abiding American community. Thanks to Lutz, that's one fewer brazen thug out on the streets. Perhaps the survivor will rethink his choices.

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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