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The American Statesman, Austin, TX, 5/9/97

Wednesday, October 1, 1997

Al Abel was watching television in his Buda, Texas, home when he heard the sound of breaking glass. He grabbed his shotgun and, upon opening his front door, found four teens standing on his porch. He ordered them to the ground, but they began running instead. As they fled, the group drew pistols and fired at Abel, who fearlessly pursued them. Abel was struck in the hip, but returned fire, killing one of the thugs. The other suspects were arrested and charged with attempted murder, among other crimes. A Navy veteran, Abel said, "I didn't mean to hurt anybody. I was just hoping to run them off." His home had been burglarized five times in the past eight years.

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