When Wallace Loffreda opened the front door of his Portland,
Maine, apartment, a youth lunged at him with a butcher knife.
Loffreda, who had armed himself with a pistol when the youth had
earlier attempted entry through a rear door, fired once, wounding
his attacker. The youth subsequently pleaded guilty to attempted
robbery and criminal threatening with a knife.
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