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Published December 22, 2009

No charges will be filed in fatal shooting chat

By Dave Roepke, INFORUM

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John S.
12/21/2009 2:15 PM

While I am for the rights to defend one's property, I also think that with the right to own a gun comes the responsibility of knowing when to use it. I have plenty of guns in my house and live near NDSU. There are wandering drunks all over my area in the summer and believe it or not I have had two different people try to enter my place believing it was either their apartment or a friends apartment. I had a conversation with both of these people and while one was pretty sure he was at the right place and got a bit argumentative I never at any time felt like I was in the right place to go off and shoot these people for entering my house. A 17 year old kid at .216 BAC?! And you couldn't have just smacked him with the butt of the gun and knocked him out until police arrived? If he was threatening their lives or something I understand otherwise way way overboard.

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JoJo B.
12/21/2009 2:11 PM

So then k t. why are you commenting? Is it that you only want comments that support your point of view? Dave T -???????

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Robin M.
Moorhead, MN     12/21/2009 2:08 PM

Craig G - the facts ARE in. He had a .216 BAC. He was drunk. The man defended himself and his home when a drunk trespassing person invaded his home.

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Junk M.
Beverly Hills, CA     12/21/2009 2:07 PM

I listened to the whole press conference and LaFromboise had a blood alcohol level over .2 something (i believe they said .246 but not 100%). I place blame on the one providing a 17 year old boy with the booze. Had he not been drunk out of his mind this never would have happened.

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Jordan D.
12/21/2009 2:07 PM

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! Wow, this makes me feel a lot less safe to live in a town that says that killing is okay if you can make up an excuse and story for it.

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julie l.
12/21/2009 2:04 PM

The parents need to deal with the death and realize they raised there son the wrong way. Did they not see the path that he was heading down ? (gang banger thug) He was in the wrong by entering someones apartment,As a home owner,I have the right to protect myself,my family and my home.

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Glen P.
12/21/2009 2:04 PM

For those of you who do not know the kids Blood Alcohol Content was .216: in ND you get a DUI for a .08 Does this now put into perspective his state of mind!

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fasd s.
12/21/2009 1:58 PM

Too bad social services didn't lay the smackdown on the the PARENTS who allowed thier child to become involved in the drug activity that he was in. It is shamefull that they want chages upon an innocent man who feared for his life when thier son entered illegally and without permission to do who knows what to him.

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Wes H.
Dilworth, MN     12/21/2009 1:55 PM

Blood alcohol content was 0.216

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Bellopheron S.
Moorhead, MN     12/21/2009 1:48 PM

Minnesota has "duty to retreat" and "reasonable force" language in it self-defense statutes. The prosecutor's decision not to prosecute likely reflects his assessment of the evidence and the likelihood that evidence would convince a typical Clay County jury; declining to charge and prosecute Allen does not mean he is exonerated, who will have to live with his conscience for the rest of his life.

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