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Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

Thursday, June 1, 1961

When Rufus Freeman caught two safecrackers in his store near Minter City, Miss., and one turned on him with a shotgun, Freeman killed him with his own shotgun. The pistol-armed accomplice ran through the store firing at Freeman, and the storekeeper felled him with one more blast.

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