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Would-be robber allegedly pulls knife on Compton man who was just walking to his car in his driveway. But the victim has a gun — and shoots the culprit dead.

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If the late Sean Connery taught us anything over the span of his famed cinematic career, it's that you never bring a knife to a gun fight.

But as we've seen time and time again, certain folks just can't help themselves.

What happened this time?

A homeowner exited his Compton, California, residence near the 1500 block of West 156th Street around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday and was entering his vehicle in the driveway when a knife-wielding individual — described by authorities as a Hispanic male in his 30s — confronted the homeowner in an apparent robbery attempt, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office said.

However, the homeowner apparently saw "The Untouchables." He was armed with a gun, authorities said. The alleged attacker? Perhaps not a fan of the film.

The sheriff's office said the homeowner fired at the knife-wielding man, whom deputies found suffering from several gunshot wounds to the upper torso upon their arrival at the scene. The suspect, whom authorities did not name, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the deceased man was withheld, pending notification of his relatives, KNBC-TV reported.

Authorities said the knife in question and the homeowner's gun were recovered at the scene.

The homeowner was cooperative, and homicide investigators were questioning him, authorities added. KCBS-TV said it’s unclear whether the homeowner will face any charges.

As the TheBlaze has pointed out many times in the past, more and more Americans are acquiring guns to protect themselves in case of encounters just like this one — and criminals seem to be finding out the hard way that folks are taking up arms and won't hesitate to use them.

Here endeth the lesson.

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