Shooting victim an area native

A former Princeton man was shot and killed Saturday, July 26, after attacking a woman during an alleged home invasion in Ray, Minnesota. Ray is located 18 miles south of International Falls in Koochiching County.
Koochiching County Sheriff Brian Jespersen said Benjamin Beaudoin, 34, of Mendota Heights, and formerly of Princeton, was shot in the early morning hours of July 26 following an assault at a rural Ray residence.extractortemp257364-trimmed-Image-14552.jpg
Bradley Himes, 48, who resides at the Ray home with his 72-year-old mother, Ethal Himes, shot Beaudoin. Beaudoin later died at Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls as a result of his injuries.
The home invasion and assault was the second of the morning in which Beaudoin was allegedly involved in, Sheriff Jespersen said.
Here’s how the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office said the incidents unraveled.
At 5:19 a.m. the sheriff’s department received a 911 call reporting a break-in and assault at the home of Neil and Jody Reller in rural Koochiching County. The Rellers told a responding deputy that a man busted into the home through a locked door. The man was later identified as Beaudoin.
Neil Reller retrieved a shotgun and engaged in a struggle with Beaudoin, Jespersen said. During the struggle, Reller struck Beaudoin several times over the head with the gun, breaking the stock of the gun off. The struggle continued until Beaudoin fled the home and left in his vehicle, Jespersen said.
While the deputy was taking the Reller’s complaint, a second 911 call came in from the Himes residence, about 2 miles away, Jespersen said. The deputy responded and saw Beaudoin’s vehicle in the driveway of the Himes residence, he said.
Ethal Himes told the deputy that she offered to let Beaudoin into her home because he had blood on his face and had been assaulted. Beaudoin then allegedly grabbed Ethal Himes, threw her to a living room floor, choked her and beat her head against the floor, Jespersen said. That’s when Bradley Himes came into the room and ordered Beaudoin to stop the assault. Beaudoin refused, resulting in Bradley Himes going to his bedroom to retrieve a handgun, Jespersen said.
Beaudoin allegedly followed Bradley Himes and lunged at him, Jespersen said. That’s when Bradley Himes shot Beaudoin.
The deputy administered first aid at the scene before Beaudoin was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he later died.
Beaudoin was a graduate of Princeton High School. Following high school he attended and graduated from Bemidji State University.

  • Retired Ron

    Not sure someone who was shot while trying to murder someone is normally referred to as a “victim”.

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