According to NBC, Byron David Smith of Little Falls, Minnesota killed two people who broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day;
In the criminal complaint, Smith said he was in the basement of his remote home about 10 miles southwest of Little Falls when he heard a window breaking upstairs, followed by footsteps that eventually approached the basement stairwell. Fearful after several break-ins, according to the complaint, Smith said he fired when Brady came into view from the waist down.
After the teen fell down the stairs, Smith said he shot him in the face as he lay on the floor.
Smith then dragged Brady into his basement, then Brady’s accomplice, Haile Kifer, 18, came into the basement and Smith shot her. He tried to administer the coup de grâce to Kifer, but his Mini-14 jammed. She laughed at him, so he retrieve another weapon and placed the barrel in her chin and fired.
According to Fox News, Smith is being charged with murder and is being held on $2 million bail. Smith says he’s been robbed by burglars in the past and lost a considerable amount of property. And, oh, he waited a day before he called police.
While I sympathize with Smith and agree that he had good reason to shoot the first time, but when the threat was neutralized, he became responsible for the subsequent rounds. And it looks like Minnesota intends to make him responsible. I’ll probably get criticized for it, and that’s never happened before here, has it? I don’t think he had a right to execute the two teens. They probably deserved it, though.