Invader dies after struggle with couple, then police

Associated Press
Published November 1, 2005

DAYTONA BEACH - A man died after struggling with a couple whose home he burst into Sunday night, then fighting with police.

Shelly Laughman, 36, said she tried to lock the door after the invader punched it, but he kicked in a window and clawed in.

"He had a crazy look in his eyes," she said, "and he mumbled something that sounded like, "I'm not here to hurt you."'

She screamed to wake up her husband, Paul, 52. He wrestled with the man while his wife called police and got a shotgun.

With the gun pointed at him, the man was ordered to leave, but the couple said he rushed them again. Shelly Laughman pulled the trigger, but it didn't fire because the safety was on.

Paul Laughman and a neighbor subdued the man again, and police arrived.

The man continued to fight with officers and collapsed while being led to a patrol car. Police said they tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at Halifax Medical Center.