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
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