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Woman Shoots, Kills Intruder at Ladera Heights Residence

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Tables were turned on an alleged robber reaching for his pistol when a Ladera Heights woman shot and killed the man with her handgun, sheriff’s investigators said Saturday.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, died at the scene--the woman’s home on Shenandoah Avenue--after being shot in the head, chest and shoulder by the 53-year-old woman, Deputy Bill Linnemeyer said.

After questioning the woman, deputies determined the shooting was justified, he said. The suspect’s gun was loaded with one round in its chamber.

A witness saw another man flee the area on foot. A short time later, deputies arrested Bobbie Louis Barnett, 23, of Los Angeles, at a bus stop on Slauson Avenue, about three blocks from the residence, Linnemeyer said.

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Barnett was being held without bail for a parole violation. An investigation to determine his role, if any, in the attempted robbery was continuing, deputies said.

The incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. Friday when a man knocked at the door of the woman’s home.

“The suspect demanded money from the woman, stepped inside the doorway and began reaching for a 9-millimeter pistol tucked in his waistband,” Linnemeyer said.

The woman ran to a nearby hall closet, grabbed a revolver and fired several shots, all of which struck the intruder, the deputy said.

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The woman’s husband and three children, ages 14, 11 and 8, were at home but unaware of the holdup until they heard the gunshots, Linnemeyer said.

Authorities retrieved a car the robber allegedly drove to the residence, a 1990 Ford Taurus reported stolen Friday afternoon in Torrance, the deputy said.


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