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Continued: Good Samaritan’s last act led to his death on Minneapolis' North Side

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 3, 2014 - 11:03 AM

“She came to see what had happened and watched him get shot,” Baufield said. “And then it escalated from there when [the suspect] couldn’t get out. He threw keys. He threw whatever he could find at her. And then he threw her around,” the daughter said.

“He drug her upstairs to her bedroom with the gun to her forehead, placing the gun in the same spot on her head as where he’d shot my father, between his eyes.”

Police responding to the call were detoured briefly because the suspect gave them an ­incorrect address. Five minutes after being dispatched, police arrived at the incorrect address in the 3700 block of Bryant Avenue, only to learn there was no house there. They arrived at the Sonnenbergs’ home at 11:55 a.m., said police spokesman John Elder.

Police knocked on the doors, then broke into the house and arrested Parker.

Baufield said her mother “is holding on” but will not be returning to the house. The family has already begun the process of moving out the couple’s possessions.

Baufield said her father, an Army veteran, was a private man who dearly loved his eight grandchildren.

“He’s been our rock, so this is very difficult for all of us,” she said.


Joy Powell • 612-673-7750


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