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Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Arlington, TX, 11/10/05

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

After finding a muddy footprint on her back porch and hearing glass break, Susan Buxton was convinced that someone was in her home. According to police, she searched each closet until, finally, as she pulled open the one nearest her front door, she saw a man's face peering out from underneath a coat. "Shh," he pleaded. Buxton told her granddaughter to call 9-1-1 and ordered the intruder to lie flat on the floor, or she'd shoot. The home invader then did something he likely regrets: He reached for the 66-year-old woman's .38-cal. revolver. She fired once, hitting the intruder's leg. "Ow, you shot me!" he cried out before fleeing. The man, whom police say eluded them by hiding in Buxton's home after stealing a pickup truck, was apprehended on a balcony a few houses away. "If I didn't have a gun to protect myself, I probably wouldn't be here," Buxton said.
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