Neighbors challenge self-defense claim after Missouri man is shot dead



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CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mo. – Neighbors have a different tale of what authorities said happened in a fatal shooting in Bourbon, Missouri.

Justin King was gunned down in the yard of his neighbor’s house just before noon on November 3.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office said the gunshot victim was attempting to break into a neighbor’s home before the shooting. Two neighbors said they were outside when they heard a commotion followed by gunfire.

“I heard one of them say, ‘Hey, I thought we were friends!’ And you hear the other one say, “Well, we were! “And then you hear pop, pop, pop,” said neighbor Earl McCoy Jr.

McCoy said he watched to see Justin King, 28, lying in his neighbor’s front yard. McCoy said the shooter then yelled, “You better call 911. You better call 911 for your boy!”

We are not naming the man accused of shooting King as he was not charged and was released after questioning.

In a Facebook post, the Crawford County Sheriff wrote: “It appears King was shot after forcing entry into a neighbor’s residence where an altercation took place. The owner said he feared for his life and shot King.

Amanda Osewalt worked with King and has her own suspicions.

“Nobody believes the story of him breaking into a house,” she said. “It wasn’t him. He didn’t have a nasty bone in his body.

Dwoyne DeJean was King’s boss. He said King was pointed, working virtually for their call center company. DeJean said he could see King recently left a chatroom before he was shot.

“He was literally on a 15 minute break,” DeJean said. “A child can be gunned down in front of their house while they are at work, and no one cares enough to dig a little deeper.”

King’s family sent FOX 2 a screenshot of surveillance video of the interior of King’s trailer, taken the morning of the shooting. They said he shows the gunman inside King’s house. Fifty minutes later, King’s sister said he left the trailer dressed like this to help a neighbor find a lost dog.

“There’s no way he’s out there in his pajamas trying to break into anyone’s house. It just doesn’t make sense, ”King’s sister Jeneva Bruns said.

King’s mother, Eva Bruns, has said she worries that no one cares enough about finding the truth.

“We ask a lot of questions and no one gives us answers,” she said.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Facebook post about possible self-defense has since been removed and a spokesperson said he sent his investigation to the DA’s office for formal review.

FOX 2’s Chris Hayes also spoke to a relative in the shooter’s family today who declined to speak on camera. They said they were also very sad about what had happened as they were also awaiting a decision from prosecutors.

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