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  1. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    An erratic driver. An observant detective. A tussle.
    Shots fired. Man dead. Community stunned.

    By Robb Murray
    The Free Press


    KASOTA MN—
    When Le Sueur County deputy Todd Waldron shot Tyler Heilman, a quiet July day in Kasota transformed into the setting for the most compelling, and one of the most tragic, stories of the year.

    Waldron had noticed Heilman driving erratically and confronted him in an apartment complex parking lot. The two began to fight, and Waldron ended it by shooting Heilman. An investigation, which concluded with the convening of a grand jury that ultimately cleared Waldron of wrongdoing, lasted several months.

    And now it’s over, but Kasota likely will never forget that day.

    Instead of children climbing monkey bars and families picnicking, the city’s park was full of grieving and angry friends and family. Twin Cities television news satellite trucks lined the streets, a law enforcement helicopter filled the air with staccato sounds and whirl-whipped dusty air.

    Police tape kept civilians away from the site of Heilman’s death. But from the right vantage point, his body was visible for hours after the shooting.

    To some — including several who claimed to have witnessed the shooting and say Waldron fired on a man in swim trunks who was backing off — Waldron was no better than a common criminal, and the shooting amounted to murder. Heilman’s friends and family spent weeks in defiant opposition to the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Department, including several nights where they staged protests outside the Le Sueur County Jail.

    They wondered why authorities refused to state publicly what they’d uncovered as they investigated the crime.

    But when the authorities released the results of its investigation, the details that emerged told a somewhat different story than the one told by some witnesses.

    Another witness had come forward, one who hadn’t gone to the media with his story, and his version squared with what Waldron told investigators.

    Instead of shooting Heilman as he backed away, Waldron and the other witness said Heilman had Waldron in a choke hold, one that caused Waldron to fear for his life. Waldron said — and evidence appeared to corroborate — that he fired the first shot while lying on the ground.

    The additional witness appeared to be a crucial part of the grand jury’s decision. He told investigators that he just happened to be driving by the apartment complex when he saw the fight develop.

    He told investigators that Waldron’s face was “as red as a beet,” before Waldron found his gun and shot Heilman. He then left the area after hearing gunshots, but came forward the next day after seeing one of Heilman’s friends on a TV news broadcast re-enacting the shooting. What he saw wasn’t true, he told investigators, and that’s why he came forward.

    A grand jury in Le Sueur County declined to bring charges against Waldron, and the Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, closed the case.

    Waldron has declined to comment publicly about the shooting, citing the possibility of civil litigation.
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  2. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    Interesting.
     

  3. Scared_of_zombies

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    thank god for that one reliable witness.
     
  4. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    I recognize your sarcasm, but agree with the sentiment had you meant it.

    Folks don't lie because it's the police, they lie because they're ghetto thugs. They'd lie against a CCW holder legally defending him/herself just as fast.
     
  5. Scared_of_zombies

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    that wasnt sarcasm. If it hadnt been for that one witness he'd be in jail for a long time. As usual the ones vying for the most attention are the least reliable.
     
  6. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    *Oh... Snap.*
     
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    Thank God someone cared.
     
  9. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

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    I gather that this took place among the disadvantged urban youth, or those who have an unusual love for dressing in red?


    I ask, because it appears the witness is concerned about his identity becoming known.