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    Armed Beauty Queen Fatally Shoots Intruder in Florida Home Invasion



    When a burly ex-convict forced his way into a posh Florida home last week, he had no idea what awaited him -- a 25-year-old beauty queen with a pink .38-caliber handgun.

    Meghan Brown, a former Florida pageant queen, shot and killed 42-year-old Albert Franklin Hill during a home invasion March 12 at the 2,732-square-foot house she shares with her fiance in Tierra Verde, Fla.

    Hill barged into the home at around 3 a.m. after Brown responded to a knock at the front door, according to a police report. He allegedly grabbed the 110-pound Brown around her nose and mouth and dragged her to an upstairs bedroom.

    The woman’s fiance, Robert Planthaber, said in an interview that he was quickly awakened by the altercation and ran to Brown’s side.

    "I attacked him and took a severe beating to the head," Planthaber told FoxNews.com. "But I got him off of her long enough for her to scramble to the room where she keeps her pink .38 special.”

    Brown, who reigned as the 2009 Miss Tierra Verde, snatched her gun from a nearby bedroom and shot the suspect several times – hitting him in the chest, groin, thigh and back, her fiance said. Hill was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Panthaber, a 42-year-old arborist, said he believes he and his fiancee were targeted because of their wealth. He claimed a pizza delivery man and possible accomplice staked out the home for three months before Hill attempted to burglarize it.

    “We live in a very prominent area and my fiancee wears a $60,000 engagement ring,” he said. “The pizza man knew we had money because sometimes we needed change for a $100 bill when he came to deliver pizza.”

    Hill had a criminal record stretching back nearly three decades -- including arrests for burglary, battery, drug possession and grand theft. He reportedly served a 13-year prison term in 1987 and was released in September after serving a fourth term behind bars.

    Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Robbery/Homicide Unit are still investigating the crime but believe the motive was robbery, according to local press reports. They say they haven’t yet determined the relationship, if any, Hill had with the couple. A police report said the ex-convict demanded money before the altercation between Hill and Panthaber ensued.
    Panthaber, meanwhile, said he and his fiancee are lucky to be alive. He said he purchased the pink handgun for Brown last Christmas and that the two had gone to target practice together.
    “She was not a good shot at the range,” he quipped.



    Read more: Armed Beauty Queen Fatally Shoots Intruder in Florida Home Invasion - FoxNews.com

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    Winning! Seriously. She gets to sleep (presumably not in a hospital cot) tonight.
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    pink .38 special.
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    Next time you answer the damn door at 3AM bring the gun with you. They are lucky she got the opportunity to get it after the attack started. Glad it worked out!
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    Hill had a criminal record stretching back nearly three decades -- including arrests for burglary, battery, drug possession and grand theft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    Next time you answer the damn door at 3AM bring the gun with you. They are lucky she got the opportunity to get it after the attack started. Glad it worked out!
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    Good for her!!! Im glad it worked out for them and for the bad guy.
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    They should have a shooting competition at beauty contests!

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    Good for her!

    Although I do wonder why she opened the door at 3 am.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    Good for her!

    Although I do wonder why she opened the door at 3 am.

    According to their interview on an internet radio station, they live close to a couple of clubs that their friends frequent, and it's not uncommon for them to walk to their place to crash if they shouldn't be driving. She also said that the knock was a "friendly" style knock, as is it was someone they knew. Hard to explain over text, but picture tap taptaptaptap tap tap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudge View Post
    According to their interview on an internet radio station, they live close to a couple of clubs that their friends frequent, and it's not uncommon for them to walk to their place to crash if they shouldn't be driving. She also said that the knock was a "friendly" style knock, as is it was someone they knew. Hard to explain over text, but picture tap taptaptaptap tap tap.

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    Glad all turned out okay. Really glad that she not only had the gun, but had the presence of mind to retrieve it and the mindset to use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudge View Post
    According to their interview on an internet radio station, they live close to a couple of clubs that their friends frequent, and it's not uncommon for them to walk to their place to crash if they shouldn't be driving. She also said that the knock was a "friendly" style knock, as is it was someone they knew. Hard to explain over text, but picture tap taptaptaptap tap tap.
    I'm thinking the shave and a haircut knock. Still even if you know it could be a friend, lights should go on, firearm in hand and identity verified prior to entry being granted.

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    Um, wow...

    I do believe I am speechless. But you know if you don't want someone looking at you without paying you then you probably should keep the photo to yourself, especially if your fiance appears to be a sugar daddy looking for a peace of arm candy.
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