On January 31, an allegedly axe-welding robber turned and fled after hearing the first shot fired by 92-year-old World War II veteran Joe Milspa.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. in San Jacinto.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Milspa said he heard “noise” as the suspect was allegedly using an axe to try to get through the door. The WWII vet then saw a window shatter and the suspect beginning to climb through soon after.

So Milspa grabbed his gun and turned a corner, where, he says, “I could have shot him right in the head between the eyes. But I didn’t want to do that.” So he fired a shot to the side to frighten the burglar.

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