Dying Intruder’s 911 Call Leads To Murder Arrests For Couple

In St. Paul, Minnesota, a man and a woman were apprehended by police following the fatal shooting of a home intruder at their residence in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood early Monday morning.

The St. Paul Police Department reported that the female resident contacted 911 to report a home intrusion. While in conversation with law enforcement, a male took over the call, informing the police that he had shot the intruder multiple times on the front porch.

The wounded criminal also contacted the police, stating that he was dying. The police mentioned that despite attempts to elicit a response to questions, the call fell silent.

Responding to the residence on Englewood Avenue around 1:45 a.m., police discovered the injured man on the porch. He was then transported to Regions Hospital and was later pronounced dead. Identified as 35-year-old Drew Johnson, the deceased individual was officially named by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday.

Sgt. Mike Ernster, a police spokesperson, disclosed that the couple declined to be interviewed by the authorities regarding the incident. Following an investigation, the man and woman were arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder. Both, aged 30 and 35, were booked into the Ramsey County jail and subsequently released.

The woman initially told the police during the 911 call that she was acquainted with the man attempting to break into her home. Investigators issued a statement noting their efforts to ascertain the circumstances leading to the shooting.

Authorities disclosed that the shooting marked the 32nd homicide in the city for the year, compared to last year’s total of 40 homicides in St. Paul.

In conclusion, the incident highlights the ongoing challenges in understanding the complexities and consequences when you have to use lethal force in self-defense. One famous 2A saying is, “Shoot now, ask questions later.” However, situations like these remind us that self-defense can indeed be risky.

You may feel it was the right thing to do, but the laws in your state may point out why it wasn’t. Many people will have no issue deciding to protect themselves and their own families before they allow a threat to have the opportunity to harm or kill them.

Unfortunately, unlike many other states, Minnesota does not have a stand-your-ground law. Therefore, an individual must attempt to escape a dangerous threat or situation before resorting to force.

Investigations will continue as law enforcement seeks to unravel the complexities of the circumstances that culminated in the shooting, contributing to the city’s homicide statistics for the year.