Grandfather Shot Dead In Home After Letting In Man Who Said He Was Running From Attackers

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 69-year-old Minnesota man was shot and killed after he let a man into his home who claimed he was being pursued by a group of men wielding baseball bats.

Thomas Sonnenberg called 911 at 11:46 am Friday to report that a man was being chased by a group of men who wanted to kill him.

When police arrived minutes later, Sonnenberg was dead and the suspect was gone.

“He was shot in the head,” the victim’s brother, Darrell Sonnenberg, told the Star Tribune.

Police said the story 20-year-old suspect Devon Derrick Parker told Sonnenberg was a lie.

“There was no indication that there were people actually following and attempting to kill him or harm him,” said police spokesman John Elder.

A handgun found at the residence appears to be the murder weapon.

Sonnenburg’s wife was home at the time of the shooting, but she was unharmed.

According to court records, Parker is on probation for a 2011 felon assault. He also has drug and trespassing convictions.

“He was a pretty good guy, pretty friendly, pretty nice,” Darrell Sonnenberg said. “Not a tough guy. He took good care of his kids.”

Sources: Minneapolis Star Tribune, Duluth News Tribune