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83-year-old woman kills burglar

Originally ran here as:
"Woman, fearing burglary, kills teen on porch"
by Karisa King, Staff Writer
San Antonio Express-News
March 04, 2002

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- An 83-year-old woman who awoke early Sunday to the sound of someone trying to force open her screen door, shot and killed a teen-age boy standing on her porch, officials said.

Shortly after 4 a.m., the woman thought she heard a burglar at her front door, so she yelled through the closed door, warning the person to leave, police said. When it sounded like the person was close to breaking the screen, she fired one shot from a revolver through the door, according to a report.

Police arrived at her East Side home, in the 1400 block of Wyoming, and found the teen dead on her porch with a bullet wound in his chest. Investigators found no weapon or identification on the boy, who they estimated was between 14 and 16.

Police believe the teen was attempting to burglarize the home, spokesman Richard Solis said.

Authorities continued late Sunday trying to find out his identity.

"I'm sorry. I'm sorry he died," said the woman, who asked not to be named. "He was trying to break in on me. What he was going to do once he got in, I don't know."

At her home hours later, she said she was too shaken to talk about the shooting.

"If I talk about it too much, I won't be able to sleep tonight," she said.

She has lived alone at the house for more than 25 years, she said. She bought the gun as a precaution about 15 years ago and, until Sunday, had never had to fire it at anyone.

"I've never had any kind of trouble like this," she said.

No charges were pending Sunday against the woman, and the case remained under investigation.

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