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Mother protecting her young children fights, fatally shoots crook who forced his way into their home; he was on parole after 20 years in prison for armed robbery

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A mother protecting her two young children fought and then fatally shot a man who forced his way into their Louisiana home early Sunday morning, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said.

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The suspect — identified as Robert Rheams, 51 — was armed with a shovel and lug wrench when he forced his way into the Hammond home of the victim and her two young children, authorities said. The city of Hammond is about an hour north of New Orleans.

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