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Burglar shot dead by homeowner

Originally ran here as:
"Alleged burglar shot dead by west Houston homeowner"
June 8, 2001, 2:00PM, Houston Chronicle

A Harris County grand jury will review this morning's fatal shooting of a man who allegedly tried to break into a town house in west Houston.

Joseph Derek Joseph West, 21, was shot in the chest about 2:50 a.m. by a home owner in the 14600 block of Perthshire, police said. West, who lived in the 19300 block of Park Row, later died at Ben Taub General Hospital.

The 51-year-old homeowner, who has not been identified because no charges have been filed, stepped outside to investigate after hearing suspicious noises. Investigators later said the noises were of West trying to enter other town homes.

West allegedly approached the man with his fists raised. Fearing for his safety, the home owner fired once, striking West in the chest, police said.

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