Earl Jones, a 92-year-old World War II vet from Verona, KY, only needed a single shot from his .22-caliber rifle to take down an intruder at 2 a.m. Monday.
"I aimed right for his heart," said Jones, who served from 1941-46. "I didn't go to war for nothing."
When 24-year-old Lloyd Maxwell and two accomplices burst into Jones' living room through the basement, it was the third break-in at Jones' home this year.
He was waiting for them in a chair across the room.
"Was I scared? Was I mad? Hell, no," Jones said. "It was simple. That man was going to take my life. He was hunting me. I was protecting myself."