Florida woman shot and killed intruder in her bedroom, police say

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Police say a Florida woman who was attacked in her bedroom while she was sleeping was able to fight back and kill her attacker.

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Clearwater police told WFLA that the victim woke up to find Justin Wright in her bedroom before he attacked her. Wright lived on the same street as the victim.

“She was able to reach out and call 911 during this attack, but the attack persisted,” Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter told WFLA. “At which time, she was able to retrieve a gun that she had lawfully.”

Police told WTSP that the woman fired a single shot, and said that they did not believe Wright had any weapons with him.

While police said they were continuing to investigate, they said that the woman’s injuries were consistent with self-defense, WFLA reported.

Slaughter told WTSP that the investigation will likely take several weeks as they confirm whether the shooting was a justifiable homicide.

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