A Minnesota homeowner is facing manslaughter charges after he
told police he shot at a group of men who had tried breaking
into his home, and one of the suspects later died in the
David Allen Pettersen, 65, called police around 7 a.m. Saturday
to report a possible burglary and shooting at his home in
Fieldon Township, just south of Madelia. According to the
charging documents, Pettersen told the dispatcher he fired his
handgun at a gray car that was leaving his property after an
A deputy responding to the call found the car 2 miles north of
Pettersen's home, with three people inside. One of the
passengers, 19-year-old Nicolas Thomas Embertson, had a gunshot
wound and later died at Madelia Hospital.
Another passenger, 18-year-old Kyle Thomas Nason, had a broken
ankle. He told police that he, Embertson and a third man -- 18-
year-old Cornelius Ayers -- were at Pettersen's home to "case"
it for a future burglary.
Nason said his friends gave him a boost onto the second-level
deck of the home, and that he injured his ankle when making the
10-foot jump back down. He told police he heard two loud bangs
as Embertson drove away from the home. As they were headed down
the driveway, Embertson said, "I think I've been hit," before
losing consciousness. Nason continued driving the car until they
were stopped by the deputy responding to Petterson's 911 call.
Pettersen told investigators he was in bed when he heard someone
trying to open a door to the deck. He saw the person jump from
the deck and crawl toward a car, at which point he grabbed a .45
caliber handgun and tried to shoot the tires of the car.
Pettersen said he was about 10 feet from the car when he fired
two or three shots.
Pettersen was arrested and booked into the Watonwan County Jail.
Monday morning, he was charged with second-degree manslaughter
and reckless discharge of a firearm.
"The law does say a self-defense law, but what we've gathered so
far, we feel we have enough to charge him with second-degree
manslaughter," Watonwan County Chief Deputy Jeremy Nachreiner
told KEYC-TV in Mankato.
Next time let the little bastards rob and kill some cops. Serve