Monday, February 3, 2014
Minnesota: A 69-year-old white man has been shot dead after opening his door to a black man who claimed he was being chased
Thomas Sonnenberg called 911 for 20-year-old Devon Derrick Parker who police say told him he was being pursued by assailants with baseball bats. When police arrived at the home in north Minneapolis, they found Sonnenberg dead. Parker was apprehended inside the house. Sonnenberg's daughter Raina Baldwin said that Parker was attempting to rob the house but did not realize that her mother was also in the home. Sonnenberg answered the door to Parker begging to come in because he was in danger. He let the young black man inside and closed the door before calling 911. It was then that Parker shot him in the head. Thomas Sonnenberg's wife Elaine Sonnenberg, 68, was in the kitchen at the time of the shooting. "When the murderer found out she was here, he threw her around and choked her, and he was going to rape her," Baldwin said. The front door locked behind Parker when he entered the house. When Parker realized, he threatened Elaine Sonnenberg to force her to give him the keys, says Baldwin. Police, who Thomas Sonnenberg had called on Parker's behalf, arrived before he could escape. Police recovered a handgun in the house which is believed to be the murder weapon. Court records show that Parker was on probation for a felony assault in 2011. Records show that he has been booked on numerous felony charges, including shooting at a public vehicle or facility and throwing bodily fluids or feces and has drug and trespassing convictions.