Former CNN journalists Chuck de Caro and Lynne Russell courtesy nbcnews com

Former CNN Anchor, Armed With Handgun, Stops Armed Motel Intruder… From The Shower! Pro Moves Here…


By Robert Farago via

We joke about shower carry on this website. But it’s no joke. Check this out: “[Former CNN Headline news anchor Lynne] Russell — a licensed private investigator and former Fulton County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy with two martial arts black belts — told NBC station KOB that she and her husband had stopped in Albuquerque for dinner with a friend and were planning to get up early because they were traveling.” A man with “a 40-caliber big shiny silver handgun” pushed her into her Motel 6 room just as her husband was coming out of the shower . . .

“In the process, I recognized what I had seen before — I was a deputy sheriff for many years — that this guy was used to this,” Russell said. “I suddenly realized that it wouldn’t bother him at all to pull the trigger.”

She said she offered to search her purse for something of value to hand over to the gunman — and slipped her gun into the purse, which she then handed to her husband.

“‘Is there anything in here we can give him?’” Russell said she asked. “Chuck said, ‘Oh, yes, there is.’”

How Clint Eastwood is that?

Russell said the man took de Caro’s briefcase over to the bed of the motel room and began firing at her husband. [?]

“Chuck fired back, and it was a shootout,” she said. “He expended the rounds from one small handgun and grabbed for the other even as he had taken fire” and was losing blood quickly.

“The guy went down, and he was history,” Russell said.

De Caro was hit three times, but the bullets didn’t strike any vital organs, Russell said. Authorities said he was expected to survive.

Shower carry people, shower carry. Only . . . what gun? How?

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  • Redline

    The irony of a former CNN employee with a carry can not go unnoticed…..
    Fortunately he didn’t drink the cool aid and could defend himself.

    • Tommy Jefferson

      SHE is the former CNN anchor. Always has been a gun enthusiast.

      • Gary Cheney

        Then why was she working for CNN? She was also for law enforcement. Why would she work for an organization that distorts the truth? Maybe she is one of those liberals that believes THEY are OK to protect themselves but the rest of us are too stupid.

  • clay

    P938 on the sink…

    • PeregrinesBoat

      Forget the sink. With most people in that situation, there would be P everywhere, :)

      • clay


  • Keith Melton

    Why did she give “her” gun to her husband?

    • Sean McCloy

      He is the gun expert. I drive I am the trucker.

  • Rob

    This whole story is……Iffy.

    • PawneeBill47

      Uhhhhhhhh, because you hate guns?

      • Rob

        Uhhhhhhhh, No because its dosen’t ring true! I am a staunch advocate of the 2nd Amendment!

        • Gradivus

          I have a pretty good BS detector, and the story does not set off any alarms for me. This sort of room invasion does happen.

    • gondodeb

      Yes, I agree. Something doesn’t ring right with it, but someone in the media wrote it so who knows what spin they are putting on it. The recent one where the guy has killed two men in 4 months supposedly in self defense is very iffy too. IMHO I would love to know what Motel and if they have had problems there before.

    • Tommy Jefferson

      Not really. You have to know Lynne Russell. She was an auxiliary Sheriff’s deputy when I lived in the Atlanta area. She’s a tough woman!

  • Ken Darby

    Heads are Exploding at CNN, MSNBC will deny it ever happened unless the intruder was Black, than it did happen and he was killed because he was Black, The End!

    • Gradivus

      Far from denying it, CNN gave a full report including an interview with a woman. I saw it today on CNN.

      • Ken Darby

        Did you see the Report,? The interviewer kept falling over herself asking “But You have Law enforcement Experience?”, In other words, Only Police should have guns! The same Police they Rant against daily! Sorry, I am actually informed. Bummer Dude!

        • Gradivus

          Yes, they had both sides represented and didn’t try to shut either of them up. Do you have a problem with that?

          • Ken Darby

            No, I have a problem with people like you! You didn’t pay attention to the whole interview, Just the parts that you agree with.

          • Gradivus

            Trolls always have a problem with the people who post, instead of being able to intelligently debate issues. That lets me know I shouldn’t waste my time bothering with your “midge buzzings.”

          • Ken Darby

            There is no debate, You confuse debate with Liberal Spin.. No go pound off to a picture of Hillary

  • Doug Carlton

    Thing is, she’s a black belt and could have crushed his larynx. He got away easy if you ask me. Lynne is a BAD ASS!

  • Gradivus

    They’re alive because they had the good luck not to be in one of those deadly anti-gun nut established “gun free zones” where they would have been killed.

  • Don Davis

    Shower carry = S&W 625 JM (stainless) loaded with .45 ACP mil surplus (sealed primers),
    Sig Sauer M11-A1 (SRT) with Crimson Trace LG-429M MIL-STD (waterproof – think Navy SEALS) lasergrips and 9mm mil surplus (sealed primers).
    Winchester Defender 1300 Coastal Marine Defender, 12ga 00 buck mil surplus (sealed primers)
    Mossberg 550
    Saiga 12