"Be cool, man," a burglar commanded Alan Pearson when the
St. Louis, Mo., homeowner found the housebreaker in his den. But
Pearson ran for his .45 automatic instead, and when the criminal
pointed a 12-ga. shotgun at him, opened fire, hitting the crook in
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