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Ex-Miss Missouri in hospital after assault by burglar

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A former Miss Missouri was hospitalized after a burglar beat her with a gun in her home before police arrived and shot him to death.

Shelly Lehman, Miss Missouri USA 1994, was in stable condition in a Springfield hospital after Thursday night's assault. Police said the man broke Lehman's fingers trying to wrench off her engagement ring.The man was not identified by police.

Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Terry Moore said two officers arrived at the home after a neighbor reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in the area.

The officers heard screams, went into the home and found "a woman covered in blood and also a man covered in blood from her wounds," he said.

The officers pleaded with the man to drop the gun for 30 seconds and shot him when he pointed the weapon at one of them, Moore said. He died later at a hospital.