On November 3rd at 11:45 am, 28-year-old Justin 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 witnessed that the white neighbor was a man who had a consistent history of violence, including race-related, and also expressed a want to kill someone.
King’s father John King told NBC News, “The only person who says it's a home invasion is the guy that shot my son.” “He had no shirt on, only pajama bottoms. So how was he a threat?”
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, made a note that both King and the neighbor had cameras at their respective properties but that The Crawford County Sheriff's Department has yet to release any video footage to the public or otherwise.
Missouri's "castle doctrine" law states that based on the notion that a person’s home is "their castle,” people are granted use of deadly force against intruders without the duty to retreat.