Shortly before 2 a.m., a Bothell, Washington, homeowner was
awakened by the noise of an intruder entering his bedroom through an
unlocked sliding door. A brief confrontation ensued, during which
the victim sustained injuries and the intruder threatened to kill
the man and his wife. At some point during the struggle, the
homeowner removed a handgun from a drawer and shot his tormentor,
fatally wounding him. The couple was questioned at police
headquarters afterward and released, with police calling the
shooting an act of self-defense. It turns out that the intruder's
rap sheet was extensive and included thefts and assaults in three
counties. Said one woman of the neighborhood, where many leave
their doors unlocked, "I suppose you always have that false sense of
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