updated 10/8/2010 8:59:09 PM ET 2010-10-09T00:59:09

A 75-year-old gas station employee used a broomstick to fight off a robber at Cave Junction.

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Dan McLeod told The Oregonian he thought it was a joke when a masked man walked in early Wednesday and demanded cash. When the robber threatened to kill him, McLeod said he was scared.

But when the robber pulled out his weapon — a small wrench, McLeod thought he could take him.

He grabbed a broomstick and hit the man several times, backing him out of the station.

Fellow employee Ray Wood said McLeod is an old-timer but says he's "pretty salty."

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