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Female homeowner shoots intruder after he refuses to obey her order to leave; sheriff calls it 'excellent example' of 2nd Amendment 'importance'

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One guy sure picked the wrong Texas home to mess with.

What went down?

The Harrison County Sheriff's Office said a man forced his way into a Longview residence in the 1500 block of Juanita Road around 8 p.m. Friday.

But the problem for him was that the woman inside was armed with a gun. Authorities said she ordered the intruder to leave her home, but he refused.

Fearing for her safety, the homeowner fired one shot, striking the intruder, the sheriff's office said.

Arriving deputies found the intruder wounded by a single gunshot and determined the shooting occurred while he was committing a burglary.

What happened next?

The intruder was taken to Longview Regional Hospital, then later transported to a Tyler hospital, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities on Saturday morning secured an arrest warrant for burglary of habitation with intent to commit assault, the sheriff's office noted, adding that the suspect was arrested once he was released from the Tyler hospital.

Matthew Dillon George, 30, was booked Sunday into Smith County Jail, the Longview News-Journal reported, citing jail records, which also indicated his bond was set at $50,000.

What did the sheriff have to say?

Harrison County Sheriff Brandon Fletcher — who told the paper George would be extradited from Smith County — said “this entire incident is an excellent example of the importance of our Second Amendment. I am thankful the homeowner was unharmed but also thankful the suspect in this episode will now face his consequences through the judicial system; it could have ended a lot worse.”

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