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A brush with a criminal.

In Bow Mar, Colorado, residents of an exclusive community came face-to-face with activity more common in seedy communities.

On November 7 just after midnight, 37-year-old Aaron Vigil broke a window on a front door of a house, and he tried to reach inside and open the door. "He [Vigil] was very aggressive as he tried to reach inside the window to get in," stated Chief Bret Cottrell of the Columbine Valley Police Department to the RockyMountainNews .com.

The homeowner fought back with a pistol and shot Vigil in the arm, causing him to bleed profusely. Vigil then apparently went to several neighboring residences seeking aid. A nearby resident called police, and Vigil waited for the police to arrive.

Though police are still investigating the incident, it is believed that the unidentified homeowner will not face charges because Colorado law allows homeowners to use force to defend themselves from home intruders. Vigil was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal trespassing. A preliminary investigation indicates that Vigil had targeted the home at random. He is a prior felon who had been previously arrested for indecent exposure and drug-related charges.
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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT: "... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."; homeowner shot burglar
Author:Williamsen, Kurt
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U8CO
Date:Jan 9, 2006
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