A St. Paul, Minnesota, man fatally shot an armed teenager who tried to rob him before rushing to his aid in an attempt to then save his life.
The unidentified victim was at a park Friday night watching the blue moon when a teenage man approached him and started chatting about the weather. Shortly thereafter, 16-year-old Lavauntai Broadbent and two other teens rushed in and demanded money. Broadbent was armed, but so was the intended victim.
Broadbent donned a ski mask and gloves and was armed with a handgun. During the attempted robbery, the licensed concealed carrier pulled his own handgun and fired.
Broadbent was struck and the three other teens quickly dispersed. The victim quickly called police and took the shirt off his back to apply pressure to the teen’s wound. But despite his efforts, Broadbent was announced dead on the scene.
The three accomplices were later apprehended with the aid of a police helicopter and are awaiting charges.
The victim has not been charged.
Authorities said the victim acted rightly – from taking the shot, to calling the police, to administering first aid. However, Broadbent’s family members are demanding to know why the victim pulled the trigger,
“Why did you have to shoot him?” asked Jose Montez, Broadbent’s brother. “You couldn’t give him a second chance to live?”
Leean Broadbent, the teen’s mother, is also questioning the shooting, explaining that her son didn’t “have that kind of heart,” adding that if push came to shove he would not have fired his weapon.
In May, Broadbent pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree riot after video surveillance showed him repeatedly kicking someone lying on the ground during what appeared to be a gang-related riot at an Embassy Suites hotel.
(This article was a submission by freelance writer Brent Rogers)