Rising early to take medication, Homer Thompson, 74, found
his pills missing and signs of forced entry. After retrieving a
handgun, he and his landlady quietly searched through the Ruskin,
Fla., home. In the kitchen they were rushed by a hidden intruder.
He crashed into the woman, then diverted Thompson's aim as he fired
a shot. Thompson's second shot struck the attacker causing him to
surrender and await the authorities' arrival.
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