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Minnesota Home Intruder Shot Dead After Assaulting 72-Year-Old Homeowner

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A northern Minnesota man who had broken into a home and assaulted an elderly female homeowner was fatally shot by the woman’s son, authorities said Monday.

“I’m the son who did what had to be done,” Brad Himes, 48, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Himes said he came to the rescue of his 72-year-old mother, Ethel.

Benjamin Beaudoin, 34, of Mendota Heights, was shot and killed by the elderly woman’s son at their home near Ray, Minnesota, according to the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were initially called around 5 a.m about a break-in and assault at the home of Neil Reller in the 4200 block of Highway 53. Beaudoin broke a door lock and struggled with Reller, who grabbed a shotgun, hitting him on the head with the gun so hard that the stock on the weapon broke off, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Beaudoin drove off and showed up at the Himes’ home in the 5700 block of Highway 53, where police were called to around 6 a.m., reports the Duluth News Tribune.

Beaudoin, his face covered in blood, asked Ethel Himes for help after telling her that he had been assaulted. That’s when the suspect threw her to the living room floor, choked her and banged her head on the floor, investigators said.

The woman’s son intervened and shot Beaudoin with a handgun. The intruder was taken to Rainy Lake Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

The Koochiching County Attorney’s Office would not comment on the incident because the investigation is ongoing, WDIO-TV reports.

Sources: Minneapolis Star TribuneDuluth News Tribune, WDIO.com

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