LUBBOCK, Texas (KLBK/KAMC) – James Wiedeman, a local Navy veteran, says he’s thankful to be alive after he was brutally attacked in his own home in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning.

It was on Thursday, November 24 that Lubbock Police were called to a residence near 41st and University Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Officers found 27-year-old Jimmy Nguyen dead, and 64-year-old Wiedeman badly injured with stab wounds and bite marks on his body, his left ear partially bitten off.

“I was just sitting in front of the TV and something came crashing through the window out back,” said Wiedeman describing the night of the attack. “He came through the room running at me, he’s naked, but with a knife in his hand and he kept shouting at me and screaming that he was going to kill me.”

The navy veteran says even tried reasoning with his attacker, who was armed with a knife.

“I kept saying ‘you don’t know me, there’s no reason to do this. We don’t have to do this, we can just stop.’ And every time I tried to stop, he would just stab me again.”

As Nguyen continued to advance on Wiedeman, he soon felt as though he had no choice but to fight back. After nearly half an hour of fighting, Wiedeman was able to gain control over Nguyen and turn his own knife against him until Nguyen stopped fighting back, killing Nguyen.

After the altercation, Wiedeman says he crawled to his neighbor’s home for help and call 9-1-1. Wiedeman says he did not know his attacker.