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82-year-old man attacks intruder with hammer

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George Bradford, 82, says he was asleep when he woke up to his family's screams. George Bradford, 82, says he was asleep when he woke up to his family's screams.
The family says an intruder broke through a basement window of their house. The family says an intruder broke through a basement window of their house.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Police say an elderly man fended off a home intruder by hitting him on the head with a hammer.

On Sunday, March 9, 82-year-old George Bradford was asleep when he was woken up by the screams of his daughter and granddaughter.

Someone had broken into their house through a basement window.

"I could hear him walking up the stairs. ... I had my choice to get ready," Bradford tells FOX 2's Andrea Isom. He says he went into the kitchen and got a hammer from the drawer.

Bradford says he asked the intruder to leave but he wouldn't so that's when Bradford says he "let him have it."

"He didn't fall. ... He wobbled a little bit. ... He asked me not to kill him," Bradford remembers. He says he hit him one time.

Detroit police officers then arrived at the scene and say they found a man in his 30s in the front living room area with blood dripping from his head.

The suspect was treated by medics at the scene, then arrested for home invasion and taken into custody.

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