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Houston woman stands her ground, fatally shoots man wielding knife

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A 23-year-old Houston woman defended herself with deadly force Sunday night after a man assaulted her and threatened her with a knife in a gas station parking lot.

Surveillance footage shows the shooter retrieving a rifle from the trunk of her car and pointing it toward the feet of a man making wild arm gestures and wielding an umbrella and a knife.

Then it shows the man hitting the woman as she steps back and fires. Louis Daniel, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene, KHOU 11 News reported.

Police said the woman claimed the man had made unwanted sexual advances and refused to leave her alone. She also told police she feared for her life, the station reported.

Police have not charged the shooter and said the case would be referred to a grand jury.

"I think it's clearly justified. If she was in reasonable fear that deadly force was going to be used on her or the threat of deadly force," legal analyst Gerald Treece told KHOU 11. "She just got hit, she can use deadly force in return."

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