Homeowner charged with murder after killing two intruders in his home

Haile Kifer and Nicholas Schaeffel 
By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man shot and killed two intruders after they broke into his home on, according to police reports.

The homeowner who shot the two teenagers in his Minnesota home, told police that he feared they had a gun, but acknowledged that he may have fired "more shots than he needed."

Police have said that the homeowner appeared to be proud of his clear and clean shot on one of the teenagers.

Byron David Smith, 64, was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder in a criminal complaint that is filled with cynical comments about the shooting made by Smith.

Smith told investigators that he shot 18-year-old Haile Kifer several times as she walked down a staircase in his basement. He told police that his Mini 14 rifle jammed when trying to shoot her again after she had fallen down the stairs.

Although Kifer was already wounded, she let out a short laugh, Smith told investigators. That is when
he pulled out his .22 revolver and shot her several times again in the chest, according to the complaint.

"If you're trying to kill someone and they laugh at you, you go at them again," Smith told investigators, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Smith also was charged in the death of Kifer’s cousin, 17-year-old Nicholas Schaeffel.

Minnesota law allows a homeowner to use deadly force against an intruder if a reasonable person would fear they are at risk of harm, and Smith told investigators that he was afraid the intruders could have a gun.



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