Updated: 07/29/2014 10:28 PM
Created: 07/27/2014 5:41 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
The Koochiching County Sheriff says a man who shot and killed an intruder was defending himself and his mother, who had been attacked.
Sheriff Brian Jespersen says 34-year-old Benjamin Beaudoin, of Mendota Heights, died from the injuries after allegedly committing two separate home invasions Saturday morning in Ray, Minnesota.
The sheriff says Beaudoin first broke into a couple's home around 5 a.m. about 15 miles south of International Falls. Jespersen says the husband and wife fought off the intruder.
"She locked the door and hollered for her husband for help, and by the time the husband had got there he broke the door down and came through. An altercation took place with the shotgun," Jespersen said.
The homeowner retrieved a shotgun and struck Beaudoin over the head several times, breaking the stock off the shotgun according to the sheriff.
The sheriff says Beaudoin then fled the scene to another home a few miles away where a 72-year-old woman let Beaudoin into her home. Jespersen says Beaudoin began assaulting the woman.
"He was choking her and banging her head off the floor. Of course, the son came out and saw that. He told him to get off of her and he was going to get his gun. When he turned around in his bedroom the guy jumped at him and he shot him," Jespersen said.
He says the woman's 48-year-old son looks to have shot in self-defense, but the investigation is ongoing.
Authorities rushed Beaudoin to Rainy Lake Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The Koochiching County Attorney's Office was briefed on the shooting, but would not comment on the incident because the investigation is ongoing.
Bentleyville Opening Weekend Draws Large Crowd
One of the Christmas City of the North's favorite holiday traditions, the Bentleyville Tour of Lights, officially kicked off Saturday night with more than 15,000 visitors. The man behind Bentleyville, and its unofficial "mayor" Nathan Bentley says bringing the holiday light display to Bayfront Festival Park every year is about community...
Weekend Anchor Laurie Stribling Says Goodbye
Weekend Anchor Laurie Stribling had her last show Sunday night. Before she left, we took a look at some of the highlights during her time in the Northland.
Junior League Gives Back Through Festival of Trees
The Junior League of Duluth helped give back to the community while also lending a hand to local small businesses this weekend.
Alleged Wisc. Bank Robber in St. Louis County Jail
A man was arrested in Duluth Saturday night after he allegedly robbed a bank in Eau Claire, Wisc. the night before. The Eau Claire Police Department responded to a bank robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Eau Claire on Friday night.
Licenses, Deer Population Down for Wisconsin Deer Opener
The Wisconsin firearm deer hunting tradition got off to a safe start as Department of Natural Resources officials said they had received no reports of accidental shootings or other injuries by mid-afternoon Sunday on the opener of the state's nine-day gun deer hunt.