A homeowner shot two unarmed teenagers Thanksgiving Day, news sources report.
Two unarmed teenagers broke into a Minnesota home on Thanksgiving Day and were shot by homeowner Byron David Smith, 64, said he feared the teens were armed and acknowledged firing "more shots than I needed to" and for one teen appeared to take pride in "a good clean finishing shot," The Seattle Times reports.
Homeowners have the right to protect themselves and their property under Minnesota law however once the threat has been neutralized homeowners are not given the right to execute an intruder. "The fact of the matter is, if people have all of the facts, they would not be quite so divided in their opinions," Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said. "It's not as controversial or as unclear an issue as people might think at first blush," InForum reports.
The first teen Smith shot was 17-year-old Nicholas Brady who fell down the stairs then looked up at Smith. Smith, a former security officer for the U.S. State Department, shot Brady in the face. "I wanted him dead," Smith said. He proceeded to place Brady on a tarp and drag him to the basement workshop before waiting for the second teen Haile Kifer, 18, a diver and gymnast for Little Falls High School. Smith shot Kifer who fell down the stairs, then Smith's Mini- 14 rifle jammed. Kifer laughed a short laugh in pain making Smith mad. "If you're trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again," Smith said. He then shot Kifer in the chest several times with his .22-caliber revolver before dragging her to the basement workshop where she gasped for air. Smith placed his gun under Kifer's chin and fired it, U.S. News reports.
Smith claims to have acted in self-defense, however the authorities said that his actions exceeded reasonable self-defense. Smith is expected to be charged with second-degree murder on monday police said, CBS News reports.