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Old Dude Whips Out a Concealed Handgun and Kills Chain-Snatcher Who Attacked His Wife

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Ronnie Lummus, 71, must not look like the type to carry a gun.

But it's a good thing he was packing last night. He and his wife were shopping at Aldi's on Forest Lane in Northwest Dallas, close to LBJ Freeway. When the couple finished, they walked through the sliding glass doors to the parking lot around 7:20 p.m., and that's when Lummus' wife's gold necklace caught one man's eye.

The man, who police say is in his 30s, approached Lummus' wife and wrenched the jewelry off her neck. Then, he pushed her to the ground and took off, running toward his car.

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Lummus took out his concealed handgun and started firing. Police say he fired multiple shots, with at least one hitting its mark.

The man managed to open his car door, get in and attempt to drive. He didn't make it far. He died at the wheel, and his vehicle rammed into a parked car.

When police arrived, they sussed out that Lummus had a valid concealed handgun license. Police say he feared for his and his wife's lives during the robbery, and witnesses back up that he fired in self-defense.

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