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Why don't these stories make the "Evening News" ? Are the liberal news media types afraid people might start thinking for themselves and take charge or their own lives and families?

A northern Idaho man who was shot and killed by a woman he was attacking was a registered sex offender convicted in California, Bonner County Sheriff's Capt. John Valdez says.

A 34-year-old Clark Fork woman shot Christopher Michael Schmidt, 42, Tuesday night during a struggle after she gave him a ride home, Valdez said.

"He grabbed her and physically attacked her and told her she was coming with him," Valdez told the Spokesman-Review newspaper of Spokane, Wash. "There was a struggle and she couldn't overcome him. All the physical evidence matches what she says, all down the line."

The woman's name has not been released. Bonner County Prosecutor Phil Robinson said he was still reviewing police reports on the shooting but did not anticipate filing charges against her. Idaho law says people cannot be tried for murder when defending themselves against aggravated assault, rape, murder, robbery or "other heinous crimes."

"She's made comments, as I understand, that she was in fear for her life," Robinson said.

Schmidt was listing on Idaho's sex offender registry for a 1989 conviction in Sonoma County, Calif., of assault to commit rape and sodomy.

Investigators said Schmidt had known the woman when the two worked at a Montana machine shop. He briefly stopped at her home at about 5 p.m. Tuesday to ask her about job prospects. Later in the evening, she and her roommate heard a noise outside their house and found Schmidt hiding in the bushes. He told her his pickup truck had broken down and he needed a ride home.

Valdez said the woman reluctantly agreed to give Schmidt a lift, but took a .380-caliber handgun with her. When he began attacking her in the driveway of his home, the woman shot him in the abdomen and ran to a neighbor's house to call for help.

Schmidt died at the scene. An autopsy showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .26 percent, more than three times Idaho's legal limit for driving.

Valdez said the woman had scrapes and scratches on her neck and collarbone. Investigators said Schmidt's pickup truck was found at near the woman's home and it appeared the engine was intentionally disabled.
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