Jim Duggan is one of the most famous names in professional wrestling, and earlier this month he had to use some of those moves when he confronted an intruder in his South Carolina home.
Duggan, who goes by “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan in the wrestling world, revealed in an interview with Wrestling Inc. on Friday that his home was broken into on Dec. 8 and that he confronted the intruder.
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The 68-year-old told the wrestling news outlet that a man in his 20s walked in through his and his wife Debra’s front door. Duggan said he took the man down himself and grabbed his .44 caliber handgun and held the man at gunpoint. The retired wrestler added that he heard more people outside and thought there might be more trouble, so he turned off his Christmas lights and told the man to shut up.
Duggan said the man he held at gunpoint appeared scared and thought people in the neighborhood were coming to kill him. Duggan said he called the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department to help take care of the matter.
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“Thank God we didn’t shoot him,” Dugan told Wrestling Inc.
On Saturday, Duggan tweeted photos from the incident and thanked authorities in a statement.
“We would like to thank the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department for their quick and professional response last week. A man we had never seen before climbed over the fence, ran across our yard to our front door, and was banging on our glass doors.” Dugan’s statement reads:
“Before we got to the door, he opened it and fell into our house. I held him at gunpoint while Debra called 911. We are safe, no damage.
“Thank you all for your concern and well wishes.”
Dugan didn’t seem to need a foreign object for that matter. On wrestling days, he used to go down to the ring with a 2×4.
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Duggan was the first ever Royal Rumble winner in 1988 and was the first United States Heavyweight Champion of World Championship Wrestling.