I am sure many of the local folks have heard about the man from Little Falls, Minnesota( Byron David Smith) who shot two intruders who entered his house on Thanksgiving Day. The two intruders have since been identified as two teenage cousins – 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady. They were, according to inital reports, good kids. Well, good kids who were allegedly trespassing in a state where use of deadly force is defensible if a homeowner believes they are in harm’s way.
One always wonders what really happened when they hear about such events. What are all the things we don’t know about that led up to this horrible result? Why are two kids dead and a man with no past criminal record so in fear for his life from intruders?
Alas, if you are like me and are wondering aloud about the details of this story – at least the details from Mr. Smith’s perspective – you need wonder no longer as they are all here in the criminal complaint. Be advised before going to the complaint though as it is quite disturbing and it will cause you to question whether Mr. Smith took leave of his humanity. You’ll see in the complaint that he shot these teenagers multiple times after they were already stopped in their tracks and evidenced no real remorse. Smith’s matter-of-fact account is chilling.
The story we still need to learn more about is why the cousins were in Smith’s home. Was he truly tormented by multiple break-ins and snapped or is there more to this story? Why didn’t he call police himself after the deaths? Why didn’t he issue a warning to the intruders before shooting them? Why didn’t he merely shoot them in the legs and impede their progress so police had time to respond? Why, why, why? I am not sure that the answers make too big a difference at this point. There is clearly something not quite right about Mr. Smith and I am going to take the safe bet and wager that he won’t have to worry about any future break-ins. The only thing that will likely occupy his mind for the next handful of decades is how he can possibly get out of the prison cell or mental health ward that will become his new home.
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