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Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, 3/31/08

Monday, March 31, 2008

The Pattersons of Houston, TX, were watching television late Wednesday night when a masked intruder barged into their apartment, wielding a semi-automatic pistol and demanding money and their T.V. When the couple refused his demands, he ordered them to remove their clothing, paying particular attention to Mrs. Patterson. With the intruder distracted, Mr. Patterson used the opportunity to charge and struggled with the intruder until his wife could grab their handgun. After Mrs. Patterson shot the intruder at least once, he staggered outside and collapsed at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the Patterson family’s apartment, where he remained until police arrived.

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