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Armed citizen dispenses with knife-wielding stalker

Originally published here in the Houston Chronicle, February 25, 2001
Story ran in Section C, Page 3 of print version with title of:
Police say fatal shooting was case of self-defense


GALVESTON, Texas -- A Galveston man died early Saturday after police said his stepson shot him several times in a case that officers described as self-defense.

William Easter, 43, was shot about 3:35 a.m. at the home of his estranged wife in the 7400 block of El Cielo, a few blocks north of 75th Street and Seawall Boulevard. He was pronounced dead about 4:25 a.m. at John Sealy Hospital.

Lt. John Mitchell of the Galveston Police Department said Easter's 26-year-old stepson, whose name was not released, was taken into custody but was released without being charged. The case was referred to a grand jury.

Easter had been at the home twice that night but left each time after police were called on complaints of domestic violence, Mitchell said. The shooting occurred after Easter allegedly showed up a third time, armed with a knife. The knife and a pistol were recovered at the scene.

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