Neighbors in Missouri Community Dispute Police Narrative After White Man Claims Self-Defense in Fatal Shooting of Black Neighbor

Justin King and his daughter. (Courtesy John King)

The fatal shooting of a Black man in a trailer park is rocking a rural community in Missouri as neighbors who say they witnessed the killing dispute the police narrative of events.

Justin King, a 28-year-old Black and Filipino man, was shot Nov. 3 at 11:45 a.m. in the small town of Bourbon, located about 73 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Police say he was shot by the owner of a home he was trying to break into, but witnesses and family members say he was shot in “cold blood” by a man he called his friend.

King succumbed to his wounds at the scene. The 42-year-old white neighbor who shot him was taken into custody and later released.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department said King was shot “after forcing entry into a neighboring residence where an altercation took place.” The homeowner “feared for his life” and shot King, the department said in a news release.

The department said evidence, video surveillance and statements “preliminarily corroborate the homeowner’s account of the events.”

But family members of King and five people who live in the trailer park told NBC News they doubt that narrative.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Marlene Lenthang