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SDSU Student Fatally Shot (Drunk, thought he was entering his own house)
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Posted on 04/10/2009 11:31:56 AM PDT by Chet 99

A 23-year-old Brookings man was shot and killed after trying to enter a home that wasn't his. Multimedia

In a release sent to Action News, Brookings Police Captain Jeff Miller says Bradley Joe Odens was trying to get home late Thursday morning. At just before 2 a.m., he tried entering 129 Main Avenue, but there was a problem.

Odens lives at 143 Main Avenue.

Reportedly, the 28-year-old Brookings man inside the home tried telling Odens that he has the wrong house. But the man tells police that Odens didn't listen and continued to kick his way in.

In a 911 call, the man told police that he thought Odens was trying to break in and because he wouldn't stop, he shot him.

When officers got there, they found Odens fatally wounded inside the home. They dispatched medics to the scene, but it was too late and he was pronounced dead at the Brookings Hospital.

Police think Odens was confused as to his whereabouts. His house at 143 Main is just two houses down from the 28-year-old's and both are white. But whatever the reason, his school at South Dakota State University is mourning the loss of their student, classmate, and friend.

According to University officials, Odens was a senior and studying electronics engineering technology. His adviser and professor Byron Garry says he was planning on graduating in December. Just hours after his death, Garry got an e-mail, which informed him of the bad news.

"It was quite a stun, you know? Just had him in class yesterday; talking to him about his senior project group... with his group. So, it was quite a surprise to find that out this morning," said Garry.

Having taught at SDSU for around 20 years, Garry could think of just one lesson one could take away from this. He said, "Appreciate the people, your friends and family, when your with them."

Elsewhere on campus, there was chatter about the death. Few wanted to go on the record, but all expressed feelings of grief. The University has been quick to help any students coping with the loss.

"Students have been given a hotline number for the Counseling Services Center and it will be staffed through the weekend for those that feel the need to talk to someone," said Bob Otterson, who serves as executive assistant to the president of the University.

It seems that many students are coping in other ways, including online. A Facebook group has been set up to remember Odens. On the site, someone wrote, "He will be missed, but not forgotten for his kindness, humor, and love of life."


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1 posted on 04/10/2009 11:31:56 AM PDT by Chet 99
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To: All

In this piece, police say alcohol may have been a factor:

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20090410/NEWS/904100322/1001


2 posted on 04/10/2009 11:33:48 AM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99
Garry could think of just one lesson one could take away from this. He said, "Appreciate the people, your friends and family, when your with them."

Lesson 2: Don't drink yourself blind.

3 posted on 04/10/2009 11:34:57 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I bet he won’t ever do that again. Harsh life lesson for this man.


4 posted on 04/10/2009 11:36:44 AM PDT by chris37
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To: ClearCase_guy

Or at least, if you choose to drink yourself blind, make sure you stay at home. Scary to think this fellow was likely driving directly prior to his untimely demise.


5 posted on 04/10/2009 11:38:43 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emporer has no pedigree.)
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To: Chet 99

He was a confused young man


6 posted on 04/10/2009 11:43:40 AM PDT by Krankor (iT EMINDS ME)
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To: Chet 99

I can think of two such incidences near here with drunks trying to break into rual houses in the middle of the night. No one was hurt but the homeowners now have big dogs and guns.


7 posted on 04/10/2009 11:46:14 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (14. Guns only have two enemies: rust and politicians.)
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To: Chet 99

Terminal stupidity...


8 posted on 04/10/2009 11:48:10 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Chet 99

Isn’t this the excuse that other people have used? It seems to me that when a stranger tells you that you are at the wrong house you would get clue, drunk or not. I think the guy, in a state of drunkedness, was trying to rob the house and got his a** shot for the trouble.


9 posted on 04/10/2009 11:54:39 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Chet 99

If he was such a great guy, why didn’t his “friends” help him get home safely.


10 posted on 04/10/2009 11:56:44 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

Or at least, if you choose to drink yourself blind, make sure you stay at home....

or run a rope from your front door knob to the the bar stool leg....then you can crawl home.


11 posted on 04/10/2009 11:59:40 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: calex59

I think the fact that the house was two houses down from his actual house makes a mistake much more . probable


12 posted on 04/10/2009 11:59:52 AM PDT by NinoFan
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To: calex59
I think the guy, in a state of drunkedness, was trying to rob the house and got his a** shot for the trouble.

Nah. Blacked out drunks can seem almost normal and proceed to ignore reality, often getting angry at anyone who tries to set them straight, (even to tell them the bathroom is through the doorway on their right, not the wall on their left).

13 posted on 04/10/2009 12:03:36 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Chet 99

What a shame. His parents must be devastated.

14 posted on 04/10/2009 12:05:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Chet 99
Reportedly, the 28-year-old Brookings man inside the home tried telling Odens that he has the wrong house. But the man tells police that Odens didn't listen and continued to kick his way in.

So... a little more than just turning the wrong doorknob. I hope they don't charge the homeowner.

15 posted on 04/10/2009 12:06:04 PM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (Waste the afternoon with Bruck! vobns.blogspot.com)
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To: Chet 99

Poor kid


16 posted on 04/10/2009 12:07:36 PM PDT by NinoFan
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I don’t know. You live in a college town presumably with drunk kids wandering. Something tells me that this guy should have had a little more restraint. But I guess it depends on how it actually played out (whether the kid was attacking the man etc) However if the kid was stumbling, not able to put a sentence together, I think killing him was a little overboard.

Unfortunately incidents like this will be used by anti-gun activists as reasons why people shouldn’t have guns in their homes.


17 posted on 04/10/2009 12:09:09 PM PDT by TerP26
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To: Chet 99

Same thing happened in Colorado recently. No charges against the homeowner.


18 posted on 04/10/2009 12:11:36 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: NinoFan
I think the fact that the house was two houses down from his actual house makes a mistake much more . probable

But wouldn't you think he'd have a house key for his own house? Would he normally try to kick in the front door to his own house?

19 posted on 04/10/2009 12:11:53 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: TerP26
Unfortunately incidents like this will be used by anti-gun activists as reasons why people shouldn’t have guns in their homes.

They don't need justification. That said, its a much clearer argument against drunkeness.

I simply don't accept your premise that people in college towns just expect to have their front doors kicked in at 2am and thus should lighten up. This young man is the victim of his own bad decisions, not of the home owner.

I'm also reminded of the child rapist in Oakland who is also described my neighbors and friends as a really nice guy.

20 posted on 04/10/2009 12:19:08 PM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism and Liberty are mutually exclusive.)
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To: TerP26
Unfortunately incidents like this will be used by anti-gun activists as reasons why people shouldn’t have guns in their homes.

They don't need justification. That said, its a much clearer argument against drunkeness.

I simply don't accept your premise that people in college towns just expect to have their front doors kicked in at 2am and thus should lighten up. This young man is the victim of his own bad decisions, not of the home owner.

I'm also reminded of the child rapist in Oakland who is also described my neighbors and friends as a really nice guy.

21 posted on 04/10/2009 12:19:09 PM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism and Liberty are mutually exclusive.)
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To: TerP26

I live an hour from Brookings. Local reporting has stated that the homeowner repeatedly warned him that he had a gun and not to continue to try to break in. When Odens broke the window on the top half of the door, the homeowner fired.


22 posted on 04/10/2009 12:19:26 PM PDT by Augie76
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To: Chet 99
Students have been given a hotline number for the Counseling Services Center

Times sure have changed. We just learned not to repeat stupid sh*t.

23 posted on 04/10/2009 12:25:11 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: Isabel C.
Would he normally try to kick in the front door to his own house?

The problem is you are thinking sober and normally. Drunks aren't known for their reasoning abilities.

24 posted on 04/10/2009 12:26:17 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: Chet 99
I have some mixed thoughts about this one. I'm a lifetime gun owner, NRA member, with a conceal/carry, and would most definitely shoot to protect my family and property.

I also went to school in Brookings, and lived there for 6 years. There is no violent crime to speak of. 25,000 people live there, half are students, all of them get hammered on a regular basis. I'd be inclined to at the very least wait til I see a real threat, especially 30 minutes after closing time 5 blocks from where virtually all the college bars are. I don't necessarily blame the shooter, he was well within his rights, but...

25 posted on 04/10/2009 12:27:50 PM PDT by SoDak (Molon Labe)
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To: TerP26

If you want restraint, don’t come down to Texas and start kicking in doors.


26 posted on 04/10/2009 12:41:28 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: TerP26

*Having taught at SDSU for around 20 years, Garry could think of just one lesson one could take away from this. He said, “Appreciate the people, your friends and family, when your with them.” *

Also, pay attention in English class.

*You live in a college town presumably with drunk kids wandering. Something tells me that this guy should have had a little more restraint.*

Even drunk people can kick your door down and KILL you or your room-mates, family, etc. What are you supposed to do, wait until they are done kicking in your door and through the threshold?


27 posted on 04/10/2009 12:42:25 PM PDT by j-damn
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To: j-damn

Yea I see your point. I just think it is a tragedy.


28 posted on 04/10/2009 12:58:42 PM PDT by TerP26
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To: SoDak
yep, terrible situation all around. Shooter is going to need to live with it for the rest of his life.

I think that I'd likely have done the same. Incoherent drunken male starts kicking my door in at 2:30, even after repeated warnings......college town or no, closing time or no, I think that this guy acted properly.

No mention of family in the article. If the shooter had a wife and kids to be concerned about, no doubt in my mind he was in the right.

29 posted on 04/10/2009 1:51:54 PM PDT by wbill
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Several years ago, when I bought my first house in Sioux Falls, a week after taking ownership, someone tried to come in around 3AM. I got up, and headed downstairs towing a 12 gauge, and told the person on the other side of the door, who was fumbling with keys, that they were about 10 seconds away from being blown away. He left pretty quickly. Came to find out the next day that it was the neighbor’s kid, drunk, home from college, and at the wrong house. Of course, as small as SF is, it’s a LOT different than Brookings. I don’t think I ever locked my door in Brookings.


30 posted on 04/10/2009 3:00:52 PM PDT by SoDak (Molon Labe)
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To: SouthTexas

“Students have been given a hotline number for the Counseling Services Center”

Interesting...there always seems to be an army of “Mental Health” professionals ready to serve at a moment’s notice.

Considering today’s economic environment, especially for ‘soft’ professionals, I would DEFINITELY keep my kid from ever dealing with one of them.


31 posted on 04/10/2009 5:41:31 PM PDT by BobL (Drop a comment: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2180357/posts)
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To: BobL

Add another to the list of “how did we survive?” ;)


32 posted on 04/10/2009 6:34:07 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: TerP26
However if the kid was stumbling, not able to put a sentence together, I think killing him was a little overboard.

If he can kick open a door, he's dangerous enough to kill.

33 posted on 04/10/2009 8:19:43 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Obama decision of the week. To order in Pizza)
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To: Chet 99

So who did he think the person inside yelling at him was? What a shame.


34 posted on 04/10/2009 9:03:29 PM PDT by sazerac
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in his drunken mind, he probably thought the man inside was a burglar.


35 posted on 04/10/2009 9:26:30 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: SouthTexas

Well stated.


36 posted on 04/11/2009 5:46:59 AM PDT by BobL (Drop a comment: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2180357/posts)
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