CNN Anchor Lynne Russell Embroiled in Deadly Motel Shootout

She was a popular CNN news anchor for 18 years. Now, Lynne Russell is making headlines herself after a deadly shootout in a cheap motel.

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Lynn and her husband, former CNN correspondent Chuck de Caro, were staying at a Motel 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When she went out to her car, she said she was confronted by an armed man.

The former CNN anchor said she was shoved back into her room by the assailant and held at gunpoint. Just then, her husband came out of the shower and saw the robbery unfolding. But the bad guy picked the wrong couple to victimize.

Lynne Russell said she slipped her purse to her husband. There was a gun inside. He opened the purse, as if to turn over money. Instead of cash, he pulled out the gun and started firing.

“He had a .40-caliber, big shiny silver handgun and he pushed me into the room. I took my purse and handed it to my husband and said, 'Is there anything in here we can give him? And Chuck said, 'Oh yes there is,'" she told INSIDE EDITION.

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Chuck de Caro was shot three times in the exchange of gunfire, but he's going to be okay. The would-be robber was killed.

Russell isn't someone you want to mess with. She is a crack shot and a private eye with a license to carry a concealed weapon.

When she wasn't working at the CNN anchor desk she worked as an investigator - sometimes in disguise. She is also a black-belt martial artist and showed us some of her hand-to-hand fighting skills back in 1995.

And get this: she was once a part-time sheriff's deputy in Atlanta!

Russell and de Caro - a former member of the U.S. Special Forces - are on a road trip to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary on July 4. But they weren't expecting these fireworks!

“I am very proud of my husband. He is my hero. He saved my life,” said Russell.

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