Minneapolis good samaritan murdered trying to help stranger


The family of a Minneapolis man who was shot and killed in his own home on Friday is talking about the incident that left 69-year-old Thomas Sonnenberg dead.

Sonnenberg's daughter Raina Baldwin told KSTP her father "had a big heart."

Police said a man knocked on Sonnenberg's door on Friday yelling that someone was trying to kill him. According to KSTP, Baldwin says her dad let the man in and called 9-1-1.

The Star Tribune reports shortly after hanging up, Sonnenberg was dead and the gunman was attacking his 68-year-old wife, according to Sonnenberg's daughter.

The newspaper reports police arrived in time to interrupt that assault.

They arrested a 20-year-old Minneapolis man on suspicion of murder. He is being held in the Hennepin County jail on Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.

The newspaper says at one point the suspect falsely claimed the "The Circle of Discipline" was trying to kill his brother at a house a block away.

The shooting took place around 11:46 a.m. on the 3700 block of Aldrich Avenue north.

Baldwin told KSTP she had asked her father to move from the neighborhood after his home was burglarized in 2001.

"I begged him to move," Baldwin told KSTP, "but he was trapped by his mortgage, and he felt obligated to stay."

At the time of the arrest the suspect was on probation for a felony assault in 2011, according to the Star Tribune.

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