(NewsSpace.com) – Many people own guns to protect their homes, hoping that they will never have to use them. However, sometimes it’s necessary to do so, especially when facing an imminent threat. A couple in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man allegedly trying to break into their home died after being shot several times on their front porch.
Around 1:45 a.m., a woman called 911 to report that a man, someone she was familiar with, was trying to break into her home. During this call, her partner got on the phone and said he had shot the would-be invader. Shortly after that, the alleged intruder, later identified as 35-year-old Drew Johnson, called 911 himself to report that he was dying.
When police arrived on the scene, they arrested the couple, who refused to speak to police about the incident, according to police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster, and booked them into Ramsey County jail. The duo, who were not identified, were later released. Johnson was transported to a local hospital, where he died. Authorities are trying “to determine the circumstances that led to this shooting,” and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office is working on the cause of death.
As of the time of writing, the couple has not been officially charged with Johnson’s death, and it’s not clear if they will be. That may change in the coming weeks and months while police investigate. That is not uncommon, as law enforcement has to get to the bottom of the case before they can ascertain whether it was a justified shooting in the name of self-defense or if there was something more sinister at play.
Johnson’s death is the 32nd homicide to occur in St. Paul this year, five fewer than this time last year, according to the Star Tribune.
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