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Charges: Minneapolis man shot victim in back and head, told police it was an intruder

The suspect initially reported the incident as a home invasion.
Travis Leonard

Travis Leonard

A Minneapolis man has been charged in the fatal shooting of someone he allegedly sold drugs to after the victim went into his home wearing a mask and gloves

Travis Leonard, 23, is charged with intentional second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in connection to the death of Dylan Lattery, 23, of Owatonna.

According to the criminal complaint, at 10:54 p.m. on Sept. 24, police responded to a report of a shooting at 1127 Irving Ave. N. in Minneapolis. Leonard had called police, telling them he shot someone who had broken into his house. 

When police arrived, they found Lattery lying face down near a back door of the home. He was wearing a black hoodie, mask and gloves, and there was a hatchet in his hand.

Police weren't able to resuscitate him, and Lattery was pronounced dead at the hospital, a Hennepin County Medical Examiner report says. An autopsy found he was shot twice – once in the mid-back and once in the back of the head, charges note. 

Leonard initially told police Lattery broke into his house, stood in the bedroom doorway where Leonard, his wife and infant child were, and was holding a hatchet, the complaint says. He said they began fighting, ending up downstairs, at which time Leonard called for his wife to get the gun and bring it to him. They continued fighting and Leonard pushed Lattery off him, grabbed the gun, and shot him in the stomach and then the head.

Leonard's wife gave a statement that differed from his, including saying Leonard was on top of Lattery and beating him before calling for the gun, charges say. When police asked about the differences between their statements, Leonard admitted to knowing Lattery, saying he'd sold drugs to him before,  

Leonard and his wife told investigators Lattery asked that they end his life following the first gunshot, and Leonard told police that he shot Lattery in the back of the head when he was face down, charges say. Leonard then said he put the hatchet in Lattery's hand to make it look as though he was still a threat. 

During a search of the home, police found the hatchet's sheath covering outside Leonard's upstairs bedroom and Leonard's gun outside the bedroom closet, court documents state. A safe near the gun had $13,000 on top of it, and an adjacent room had a suitcase full of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags.

Leonard is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon.

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