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Kaufman County Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder

FORNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - A Kaufman County woman shot and killed a man who broke into her home in an unincorporated area along FM 2757 Thursday morning.

Authorities said it was self defense.

The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department said the homeowner reported waking up to a man banging on her front door.

She didn't recognize him and didn't open the door.

Kaufman County home invasion
Kaufman County home invasion (Jack Fink - CBS 11)

Authorities said the homeowner then heard him trying to get into a back door and she locked herself in a closet in a back room.

She called 911 and was still on the call when he confronted her.

Authorities said the woman shot the intruder and when deputies arrived, they pronounced him dead.

The sheriff's department has not identified the intruder.

Charges are unlikely as the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department says the homeowner was defending herself in her own home.

The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation.

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Kaufman County home invasion crime scene (credit: Chopper 11)

"I'm like shaking right now," said neighbor Amanda Baber. "I seriously still can't believe that this happened. And I heard this morning the helicopters roaring around and I thought it was a little but weird.  But the fact that you told me it happened so close to here, I mean it's kind of crazy, feels so country, and it's pretty much the reason we moved here."

Baber said she's glad the homeowner was able to react the way she did in such a terrifying situation.

"Praise God that she had the means to protect herself and that she had the strength to do it because in situations like that, you can get pretty fearful and tend to clam up and not know what to do."


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