White man claims he shot a Black teen who mistakenly rang his doorbell as a result of he was 'scared': report

  • Andrew Lester, 84, has been charged with armed assault after taking pictures 16-year-old, Ralph Yarl.
  • Lester advised police that he was afraid somebody was making an attempt to interrupt into his dwelling, CNN reported. 
  • He additionally claimed he was “scared to loss of life” by Yarl’s dimension, CNN reported, citing courtroom paperwork.

A white house owner from Kansas, Metropolis, Missouri, mentioned he shot a Black teenager who rang his doorbell by mistake as a result of he was “scared,” CNN reported.

Andrew Lester, 84, has been charged with first-degree assault and armed felony motion after he allegedly shot Ralph Yarl in entrance of his dwelling final week, Clay County prosecutor Zachary Thompson mentioned throughout a press convention on Monday.

Yarl, a 16-year-old excessive schooler, had meant to select up his brothers on the night of April 13, however went to the incorrect deal with and rang the doorbell twice, Thompson mentioned

Lester advised law enforcement officials that he was in mattress when he heard his doorbell ring and grabbed a handgun earlier than answering, including that he was “scared to loss of life” by Yarl’s dimension, CNN reported, citing a possible trigger assertion.

“He said he believed somebody was trying to interrupt into the home, and shot twice (by way of an exterior storm door) inside a number of seconds of opening the (most important) door,” the assertion, written by law enforcement officials, mentioned, in accordance with CNN.

“(He) said the male inside took a very long time however lastly opened the door holding a firearm. He said he was instantly shot within the head and fell to the bottom,” it mentioned. 

His attorneys and aunt, Religion Spoonmore, didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark. 

Yarl was shot twice, with bullets putting him within the left brow and proper arm, the possible trigger assertion mentioned.

Spoonmore mentioned in a TikTok video posted final week that earlier than her nephew, “a person opened up the door, checked out him within the eye and mentioned: ‘Do not ever come again right here!’ as he shot him within the head.”

“My nephew fell down and the person shot him once more,” she added within the video.

After three nights within the hospital, the 16-year-old has been introduced dwelling and “continues to enhance,” his father, Paul Yarl, advised The Kansas Metropolis Star. Yarl’s mom, who’s a nurse, has taken day off work to are likely to her son, he added.

A warrant had been issued for Lester’s arrest.

“My message to the neighborhood is that, in Clay County, we implement the legal guidelines and we observe the legal guidelines,” Thompson mentioned on the press convention on Monday. “That does not matter the place you come from, what you seem like or how a lot cash you could have.”

Originally posted 2023-04-18 10:30:52.