"I walked right here to open the door, and that's when he shot me right there," Irving told FOX 10. "They cut loose on me, and that's when I went to the cabinet here and back behind the coffee was an old-time pistol. I opened the door and smoked 'em."
Irving hit all three suspects. Two fled the scene in a car, leaving the third behind.
"It surprised me too, but when someone just shot and is trying to kill you, it just wakes up the dragon," Irving told WKRG, recalling his time in the service. "I learned that in the Marine Corps. You react and do before you get scared. Always react and do it before you get time to get scared."
The story says police said the suspects had broken into Irving’s home before to steal cancer medication and threatened him if he ever reported the incident.
The suspects were identified as Chasatie Dulabhan, Casey Ray Gann, and Joseph Heathcock. All three are currently in custody. Dulabhan had two open warrants for robbery, the story says.