The son who saved his mother’s life simply said he “did what had to be done”.
In Koochiching County, Minnesota a man was already bloodied from breaking into another house that night, but then he decided to go into another house, a move that would prove fatal. When he attacked a 72-year-old woman, the woman’s son stepped in and ended the conflict with his firearm.
According to Star Tribune,
“I’m the son who did what had to be done,” said Brad Himes, 48, who came to the rescue of his mother, Ethel, and shot Benjamin Beaudoin, 34, of Mendota Heights with a handgun.
Brad Himes said the family had never seen Beaudoin before.
The son said his mother came through the incident fine physically, and “we’re doing the best we can to get by. … Bad things happen. We just want to get over it.”
County Attorney Jeff Naglosky said his office has been briefed about the shooting and declined to say anything more as he awaits investigatory reports from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office.
According to the Sheriff’s Office:
Beaudoin broke a door lock and entered a home about 5:20 a.m. in the 4200 block of Hwy. 53. Homeowner Neil Reller armed himself with a shotgun and struggled with Beaudoin, striking the intruder on the head several times with the gun so hard that the stock broke off the weapon.
Beaudoin, his face covered in blood, fled in his vehicle about 8 miles to the southeast and showed up at the Himes’ home in the 5700 block of Hwy. 53. He told Ethel Himes that he had been assaulted.
As soon as she let Beaudoin inside, he threw her onto the living room floor, choked her and beat her head on the floor.
Brad Himes, seeing what was happening and his shouts for Beaudoin to stop ignored, went to his bedroom for a handgun.
Beaudoin followed the son and lunged at him, prompting Brad Himes to shoot the intruder.
A sheriff’s deputy gave aid to Beaudoin, who later died at Rainy Lake Medical Center.
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