'If you move one more foot, this gun is going off right in your chest'

LACOMB, Ore. - Miriam Brazel woke her husband Jim after hearing metal rattling in their farm workshop.

Jim grabbed a firearm.

Miriam grabbed a serious-looking farm implement.

In their bathrobes, the couple set out for their shop to confront the intruder.

"The front end of the tractor was swaying back and forth," Jim told KVAL News, "so I knew someone was in there or just left it."

They searched the shop - and found a man hiding behind a tractor.

Jim said he told the intruder not to move, but the man didn't listen.

"I said I meant what I said," Jim, 82, told KVAL News. "I said if you move one more foot, this gun is going off right in your chest. He didn't move after that, but he wanted a cigarette.

"He didn't get it."

Linn count law enforcement booked 36-year-old Justin Russell on charges of second-degree burglary.

Jim attended Russell's arraignment Monday.

"I wanted to see just what the procedures were going to be," he said, "and I was probably disappointed in it because he was turned loose.

Jim said he was never frightened by the situation - and suggested others shouldn't fear defending themselves, either.

"Don't be afraid to do what you have to do," he said, "to protect your property."