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Shotgun Stolen From Beneath Pillow, Cousin Shot

March 8, 1988

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) _ Wally Newton was tired of people breaking into his home, so he put a shotgun under his pillow. But he didn’t wake up when it was stolen.

Newton, 70, was asleep early Monday when an intruder slipped the gun out. He woke up a few minutes later when he heard a shotgun blast and the yells of his cousin, Simpson Brown, who was shot in the leg by the intruder.

Brown, 70, and Newton share a home in Mead Valley, an unincorporated area about 65 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Brown, who was hospitalized in good condition Tuesday, told deputies he was sleeping when he saw a shadow move past his bedroom.

Thinking it was Newton, he called out but got no answer, said Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. John Horton. Brown got up, and found the burglar holding Newton’s shotgun, according to Horton.

″He (Brown) grabbed the barrel,″ Horton said. The gun went off. Brown yelled. Newton woke up.

Newton said there have been five burglaries or attempted burglaries at his home in recent months. Sheriff’s records confirmed one burglary in January and a grand theft in November.

Newton couldn’t say how the burglar managed to take the gun. ″I would like to know what happened,″ he said. ″I really would.″

The burglar escaped with the gun, Horton said.

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