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Not so easy pickin’s
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, February 14, 2008

He looked easy, but then the old 'equalizer' changed the equation:
Investigators say they were definitely going to rob him - possibly even kill him.

But an 80-year-old North Texan wasn't about to let that happen, so he took action.

One of the suspects is in the hospital and both are facing charges.

Two men obviously thought James Pickett, 80, was an easy target when they showed up at his home on Saturday with a knife.

"He just came through that door, stabbing and beating," said Pickett.

Captain Clint Pullin said it looked as though the men wanted to kill him.

But before you worry too much about Pickett, learn a bit more about him.

He's a WWII veteran, former firefighter and lifelong John Wayne devotee.

In short, even at 80, he is someone you just don't mess with.

What the men didn't know is Picket had taken a pistol and put it in his pocket before opening the door.

"He jumped and turned and I shot him," Picket said.

The two brothers, Paul and Holden Perry, ran but didn't get far before calling an ambulance.

A bullet just missed Paul Perry's spine.

"The only problem was I run out of bullets," Picket said.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Someone buy that man some extended capacity clips...

Sounds like the guy in New York who’s buddies "courts Martialed" him for using a weapon of insufficient caliber...

"Failure to save the taxpays the cost of a trail", I think the charges were...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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the ole knife to a gunfight mistake.
Written By: capt joe
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when will people learn not to mess with old Texans?

It’s Texas, damnit, not Berkeley
Written By: Joel C.
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It reminds of the story of how the student with the concealed carry permit pulled his gun and was able to stop the shooter at the Indiana college yesterday...oh wait,nevermind.
Written By: Tim M
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Too bad Mr. Pickett wasn’t at NIU. Funny how those "gun-free zones" are completely incapable of defending gun crimes.
Written By: the wolf
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Once all guns are history, we won’t have to worry about incidents like the one at NIU. Just boredom and the proper use of seashells.
Written By: Ted
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The last comment reminds me of a line in the Harvard Lampoon parody Bored of the Rings, when relating why "Bilbo"’s spared "Gollum"’s life: "He would have finished him off then and there, but pity stayed his hand. It’s a pity I’ve run out of bullets, he thought, as he went back up the tunnel. . . "
Written By: Jeremy Bowers

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