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The Ledger-Star, Norfolk, VA, 5/18/81

Saturday, August 1, 1981

Awakened by the sound of the front door screen of his Virginia Beach, Va., home being pushed in, Thomas Smith picked up a shotgun and began to search the house. He found a man in the dining room and asked what he was doing there. When the intruder approached, Smith retreated, asking him to leave. The man instead made a threatening gesture and kept coming, and Smith fired, killing him.

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