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Knife-wielding intruder tries to stab retreating homeowner, keeps advancing toward him. But victim is armed with a gun and fires it once — killing crook.

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You can add yet another entry to the ever-growing list of those who either don't know or don't care that more and more Americans are exercising their Second Amendment right to arm themselves with guns — and fatally shooting those who otherwise would harm them.

What happened this time?

A Houston homeowner who lives in the 7300 block of Canal Street told police he was outside his property Tuesday night checking on things since there had been a lot of attempted break-ins, KTRK-TV reported.

Police added to the station that the homeowner couldn't get in his residence through the side door and soon figured out somebody was inside.

"As he's walking around to the front of his residence, a man approaches him with a knife," a detective told KTRK. The station added that the intruder came from inside the home and tried to stab him.

"The homeowner attempts to retreat, but the man continues to follow him with a knife in a threatening manner," the detective also told KTRK. "The homeowner discharges his firearm one time, striking the individual."

What happened next?

The intruder was taken to a hospital where he died of injuries, the station said, adding that the intruder's identity has not yet been released.

KTRK noted that the homeowner did a check of his residence with police and told officers that it seemed as though cash was missing.

The case will go to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the station said.

Anything else?

Earlier this month, another Houston homeowner was awakened after midnight by the sound of breaking glass downstairs. An intruder had broken through glass on the back door, and then walked up the stairs and opened a bedroom door — only to encounter the homeowner who had armed himself with a gun and then fired it, hitting the intruder in the neck.

Officials said the intruder ran off and started knocking on neighbors' doors for help, saying he had been shot, but he soon died at the scene.

"This is very scary in the sense of, like, that this thing could happen over here," one neighbor told KTRK-TV on camera, "but at the same time, you could actually say justice was served."

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