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Louisiana mother shoots, kills man who broke into her home with a shovel

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A Louisiana mother shot and killed a man who broke into her home early Sunday morning, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. The intruder, 51-year-old Robert Rheams, was armed with a shovel and a lug wrench when he forced his way into the woman’s house.

Rheams got into an altercation with the woman and was shot, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said that Rheams was on parole after serving 20 years for armed robbery. Detectives also linked him to a carjacking that occurred earlier that night, a few blocks away from the woman’s home.

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According to the police chief, Jimmy Travis, Rheams approached a visitor at a local motel and asked them for a ride. “During the drive, he started striking the driver with his fist, and the driver ran into a ditch, causing the car to become stuck,” Chief Travis said. “The driver was able to exit the car and flee to safety.”

Travis said that investigators are reviewing the evidence and will submit their findings to the district attorney’s office for review. However, it appears that this was a case of self-defense and the woman was acting within her Second Amendment rights to defend herself and her two children. No charges are expected to be filed against the mother.

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