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Man shot by Georgia mother recovering from wounds

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Posted at 11:06 AM, Feb 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-12 06:43:38-05

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An accused home invader is recovering from his injuries after being shot five times at close range by a Georgia mother in a case that's been highlighted by firearms enthusiasts.

Authorities say Melinda Herman grabbed a handgun and hid in a crawl space with her two children when a man broke in at their home northeast of Atlanta on Jan. 4. Herman called her husband on the phone, and with him reminding her of the lessons she learned at a shooting range, Herman opened fire.

Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said the suspect, Paul Ali Slater, is now "walking and talking" but unable to digest solid foods. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that bullets punctured his lungs, liver and stomach. He remains jailed and faces aggravated assault and burglary charges.