South Dakota

1 man dead in Huron shooting

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: self defense, South Dakota |

Huron, South Dakota –

Ricardo Hein, 23, was found dead Thursday evening at a mobile home park in southwest Huron.

Police said a woman placed a 911 call at 5:31 p.m. stating that someone tried to break into a home and that the intruder might have been shot.

Authorities released no other details.

Two other deaths in Huron this year have resulted in criminal charges.

Christopher Aguayo, 23, and Shannon Flowers, 42, both of Huron, have pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Aguayo is being held at the South Dakota State Penitentiary for violating probation, while Flowers is being held in the Beadle County jail without bond.

The shooting death of Richard Bosque-Gonzalez and the beating death of Brittney Chua occurred within a week of each other in late February.

Police Chief Doug Schmitt said the public should not fear for its safety because the parties in all three cases knew each other. More on Daily Republic

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Shooting victim was intoxicated

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, South Dakota |

Brookings, South Dakota – Brad Odens, a 23-year-old electronics engineering technology student from Sioux Falls, was walking south toward his home at about 2 a.m. from a downtown bar about three blocks away. Intoxication may have been a factor in confusing the house at 129 S. Main Ave. from his own at 143 S. Main Ave, said Capt. Jeff Miller, who is leading the ongoing investigation.

“The door was locked, and he woke up the resident while trying to enter,” Miller said. “He was warned by the resident not to enter the home, and that he had a gun inside, but the victim was pretty insistent that it was his home and was making threats to the resident.” The resident, whose name has not been released because there are no charges filed, lives alone.

Miller said that Odens was warned by the 28-year-old male resident when he was inside the front entryway trying to enter a locked door to the main part of the house. After being warned several times, Odens broke the window on the upper part of main door. He was shot by the resident after breaking the window, Miller said.

Police do not believe that Odens and the resident of the house knew each other.
Police are submitting information about the case to the state’s attorney’s office for a final decision on whether charges will be filed.

“I think the standard is that if someone is breaking into your home, you have the right to protect yourself,” Miller said. “As tragic as this turned out … the home owner was in fear and didn’t know what [Odens’] intentions were.”  More on

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