An armed man wearing a black, ninja-style mask was shot to death by a Healdsburg man this morning after he attacked the man's wife outside their home and chased her inside, police said.
The shooting happened about 7:30 a.m. at the end of Sunset Drive, a semi-rural street on the east side of town.
The woman was about to take the couple's two Wheaton terrier dogs for a walk when the masked man jumped her outside her garage, police said. The woman struggled, broke away and ran screaming into the house, with the attacker in pursuit.
Her screams awoke her husband. The man, whom police identified only as a man in his 60s, "grabbed their handgun, probably a .357 ... and fired more than one shot," Police Chief Susan Jones said.
The intruder "had what looked like a firearm in his hand," Jones said. He died at the scene. His identity has not been released.
The next thing you know, they'll be using human bones to make filter-tip cigarettes. Unless, of course, they already are using them, which is a distinct possibility. You know Dick Cheney would be smoking that shit.