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4 December 2017 by Online Carry Training

There have been several instances during the past few years of suspects being shot in the act of committing a crime by people in Minnesota who had gun permits.

16-year-old Lavauntai Broadbent was shot to death on a St. Paul river bluff when he tried to rob a man who had a permit to carry.

On July 31, a man had reported his silver sedan missing from the 1100 block of East 6th Street around 4:40 a.m., and about 10 minutes later, police were dispatched to Cub Foods on Clarence Street after another man reported he’d been robbed, a silver sedan used as the getaway car.

At about 10:30 that night, investigators said 4 teenage boys tried to rob 2 adults near Summit Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard. Police said 16-year-old Lavauntai Broadbent of West St. Paul was wearing a mask and a glove when he pulled a handgun. The man, in fear of his life, had a permit to carry and fatally shot the teen, charges said. The man told police he had been near the bluffs to observe the blue moon and struck up a conversation with a woman there that he didn't know.

According to charges, the woman said the man shot his own gun 5 or 6 times, told her to call 911 an took off his shirt to try and stop the bleeding. Facebook helped police track down Malcolm Golden, 17, who posted “Man Man” had been shot, referring to Broadbent. Golden admitted to police had had been at the park the night before Broadbent was shot with Kendell Lewis and Donte Foster, both 16.

On August 1, police located the stolen silver sedan with different license plates and found the Cub Foods robbery victim’s debit card and other property inside. Foster admitted to stealing the car on July 30 with Broadbent, Golden, Lewis and 17-year-old Nautica Cox.

In another incident, a Minnesota man with a concealed carry license shot and killed a would-be robber. The two men exchanged gunfire about 8:05 p.m. on a Monday in the 7500 block of Imperial Drive, police said. Officers arrived at the scene and found the man who was attempting the robbery on the ground.

The person targeted in the robbery has a valid permit to carry a handgun and was not arrested, said Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley.

Officers recovered both guns at the scene as they continue to investigate the shooting. Police did not release the identities of the two involved in the confrontation.

Bruley said the man who died “goes back and forth between Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis. He’s an individual we’ve known from previous contact. He certainly hangs out around here,” he said, declining to explain further.

By Tuesday evening, two Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office crime lab vehicles were still at the scene. Officers were surveying an area in the parking lot between an Imperial Gates apartment building and an unattached three-car garage.

State Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, said the outcome of this shooting validates a 2003 law in Minnesota that allows people to carry a firearm in public. “A loss of life is a tragedy,” Garofalo wrote. “But when a criminal pulls a gun, they risk ending their life. Concealed carry works.”

As of early this year, there were more than 221,000 active gun-permit holders in Minnesota, according to the latest data report from the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Now, about one in 19 eligible Minnesota adults has a permit to carry, according to the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance.

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