SEVERE WX: Flood Warning View Alerts

Minnesota man killed by Iowa business owner

Police say it looks like a 'stand your ground' case.

Posted: Jul. 11, 2018 7:49 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified a suspected burglar, as well as the business owner who shot and killed him outside the business in southern Des Moines.

Police say 37-year-old Amund Benjamin Haarstad, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, was killed Wednesday morning at Kraft 5 Star Muffler.

Investigators believe Haarstad was loading items from the business into a stolen truck when the repair shop owner, 67-year-old Thomas Kraft, arrived for work. Police say Haarstad confronted Kraft instead of fleeing, and that Kraft shot Haarstad.

Sgt. Paul Parizek (puh-REE'-zihk) says it looks like a "stand your ground" case, but a decision on any charges will come from the Polk County attorney's office.

The Iowa law says people don't have to retreat before using deadly force if they think their lives are being threatened.

Article Comments

Mason City
Broken Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 63°
Albert Lea
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 61°
Austin
Scattered Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 63°
Charles City
Broken Clouds
64° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 64°
Rochester
Overcast
65° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 65°
Rain and storms return tonight.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

New Albert Lea fire station location selected

Image

New fountain proposed for Peace Plaza

Image

Soccer, Volleyball highlights from Monday

Image

Rochester Homicide Latest

Image

Donating Books After Library Fire

Image

Absentee Voting Affected by Stamp Knowledge

Image

Experience Rochester update

Image

New childcare center

Image

Candidates talk Tariffs

Image

Monday's KIMT StormTeam 3 Weather Forecast

Community Events