Man who shot and killed teenage robber won't be charged


A St. Paul man who shot and killed a teenager who was trying to rob him at gunpoint late last month won't face criminal charges.

The Ramsey County attorney's office said Wednesday it decided not to charge the man in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Lavauntai Broadbent of West St. Paul, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The man was referred to as K.L. in court documents; his name has not been made public.

Broadbent was fatally shot when police say he, along with several other teenagers, approached two adults near Summit Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard in St. Paul shortly before 10:30 p.m. on July 31.

Police say Broadbent pulled a gun on the adult man and woman and demanded they "empty [their] pockets."

At that point the man, K.L., took out his own firearm and shot Broadbent, according to authorities. K.L. has a permit to carry a weapon.

'Legally justified'

K.L. told police he shot Broadbent because he was afraid he and the woman were going to be killed, according to the Star Tribune.

After Broadbent fell to the ground, K.L. tried to help him and had the woman call for an ambulance. Broadbent died at the scene.

The county attorney said Wednesday that K.L. would not be charged because his "use of deadly force was legally justified," according to the Pioneer Press.

Broadbent's family said he was heading into his junior year at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights.

Four teenagers were charged earlier this month in connection with the attempted robbery and with other crimes they are accused of committing that day, including the theft of a car that had two loaded guns inside and the armed robbery of a man at a bus stop on the East Side.

They were charged in juvenile court, but prosecutors are seeking to have them tried in adult court. (It is BringMeTheNews’ policy to omit the names of people charged as juveniles.)

The four are being held in the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Pioneer Press.

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