Drunk man walks into home he believed was his and kills homeowner after mistaking him for intruderBy Mason White 1:20 PM January 24, 2018
A man called the police to report that someone broke into his home after he was the one who walked into someone else’s house.
43-year-old Michael G. Augustine of Raytown, Missouri, told the police to come quickly as he was holding the intruder in a chokehold.
When officers arrived at the address that Augustine gave them, they did not find an intruder and the home was empty.
Officer later found Augustine and 60-year-old army veteran Clifton King about a block up the street from the address they were given.
Sadly, it was too late to save King who was choked to death by Augustine on the lawn of his own home.
According to police, Augustine appeared to be drunk and officers noted a strong smell of alcohol on his breath.
Neighbors said that they heard a scuffle and screaming. However, they did not get involved as people fighting is not an uncommon occurrence in their neighborhood.
Police believe that Augustine went to King’s home at about 10:15 p.m., believing it was his house and tried to enter.
King came to the door and confronted Augustine. The two got into a scuffle. Augustine believed King was an intruder and choked him to death.
Augustine was arrested and charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter.