Ramsey County prosecutors have declined to file charges against the man who shot armed robbery Lavauntai Broadbent on July 31. Broadbent approached the man and a woman in Shadow Falls Park, pointed a stolen handgun at them, and demanded they empty their pockets. The man, a CCW-holder, fired his own gun at Broadbent. Broadbent’s fellow robbers, unarmed, fled the scene. The man used his own shirt to apply pressure to Broadbent’s wounds until he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The day before the attempted robbery and shooting, another man’s car was stolen with his guns in the car. The teens who stole car committed at least one robbery before that fateful encounter Friday night in the park that ended in Broadbent’s death. St. Paul Police have arrested Broadbent’s co-conspirators who are currently facing the following charges: Donte Edward Foster is charged with aggravated robbery with a firearm, car theft and reckless discharge of a firearm. Malcolm James Devion Golden is charged with aggravated robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. Nautica Delshaun Cox is charged with aggravated robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. Kendell Anthony Lewis is charged with robbery with a firearm, vehicle theft and unlawful discharge of a firearm.
The county prosecutor’s office issued a statement on Wednesday that the shooting was legally justifiable under Minnesota statute 609.065 which reads:
The intentional taking of the life of another is not authorized by section 609.06, except when necessary in resisting or preventing an offense which the actor reasonably believes exposes the actor or another to great bodily harm or death, or preventing the commission of a felony in the actor’s place of abode.