Homeowners Arrested After Defending Home Against Intruder

A man and a woman have been arrested after an alleged home intruder was killed in their home in St. Paul, Minnesota, early Monday morning.

According to the St. Paul Police Department, the woman who lived in the home initially called the police to report a home intruder. While she was speaking with the 911 operator, a man reportedly got on the call to inform police that he had shot the alleged intruder several times on their front porch.

At the same time, police received a call from the injured man — who told them that he was dying. The man did not respond to any questions from the 911 operator and the call then went silent, according to authorities.

Upon arriving at the residence on Englewood Avenue in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood at approximately 1:45 a.m., police found a man with gunshot injuries on the porch. He was immediately transported to Regions Hospital, where he was later declared dead.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has since identified the man as 35-year-old Drew Johnson of St. Paul, according to a Tuesday statement.

Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster has confirmed that the man and woman who initially spoke with police on the phone about the intruder had refused to be interviewed by officers about the incident.

After consulting with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, police arrested the couple on suspicion of second-degree murder. They were both booked into the Ramsey County jail, though they have since been released.

The couple have not yet been identified, though reports indicate that the man is 30 years old and the woman is 35 years old.

Reports have also stated that the woman initially told police during the 911 call that she knew the alleged intruder who had broken into her home.

In a statement about the incident, investigators noted that they were still “working to determine the circumstances that led to this shooting.”

According to the St. Paul Police Department, this shooting death was the 32nd homicide in the city thus far in 2023. There were 40 homicides in St. Paul in 2022.