A white man shot his Black neighbor on November 3 and the shooting has been deemed justifiable.
According to NBC News, the shooting of 28-year-old Jason King, who Black and Filipino, was ruled justifiable due to self-defense during a coroner’s inquest on Jan. 11. The shooter’s name has not been made public because he was not charged with a crime.
On November 3rd at 11:45 am, King was shot and killed by his white neighbor, and witnesses are disputing the police’s chain of events as an attempted home invasion.
According to NBC News, the Crawford County Sheriff's Department in Bourbon, Missouri said the homeowner "feared for his life” and shot King after he was found attempting to force “entry into a neighboring residence where an altercation took place”.
It was also reported that three neighbors claimed the white neighbor had a history of violence, including race-related, and also said he wanted to kill someone.
The description of King was that of a “happy-go-lucky” man who had recently moved to Bourbon from St. Louis in order to be closer to his 9-year-old daughter.
The Missouri NAACP President Nimrod Chapel Jr., who is representing the King family, said to NBC News, "The family is distraught. They were promised the evidence, and what they ended up with was seeing their son being vilified.”
He continued, “They do not accept the findings of the coroner's jury and have great issues with the process and the manner in which that finding was found and has been articulated.”
Chapel added, "This is a pattern of conduct that we see in rural Missouri. There's a reluctance to hold assailants accountable when the victims are Black. It's a terrible reality that we have here in Missouri."
King’s father, John King, told NBC News, “The only person that says it’s a home invasion is the guy that shot my son. And all the neighbors are saying, ‘No, you shot him in cold blood outside.’”
The unidentified neighbor said in a statement to NBC News, “It's a horrible situation."
See the news brief below: