University of Bridgeport [Connecticut] professor Hans van
der Giessen was asleep in his home when the sound of somebody
kicking in his front door awakened him. Grabbing his .25 cal.
semi-auto handgun, van der Giessen went downstairs where he
encountered a burglar. The criminal charged the political science
professor, who emptied his seven-shot pistol at the intruder. Hit
in the chest by half-a-dozen rounds, the crook staggered outside
where he collapsed on the sidewalk and died. It was the second time
in three days van der Giessen's home had been broken into, and the
suspect was found to have a record of more than a dozen convictions
in the last 18 years. Police were still investigating whether the
two incidents were related. University associates of van der
Giessen's expressed surprise that a fellow "liberal" professor would
own a gun, but all supported his actions to defend himself.
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