Napping in her rural Mission, Tex., home with her two
children, Vanessa Cooper heard a car pull up, and, looking out the
window, saw an unfamiliar car in the driveway. Fearing for the
safety of her children, Cooper picked up a pistol and went to
investigate. She found a man in the living room, and when he
ignored her questions on why he was there and lunged at her, Cooper
fired, killing the intruder.
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