Man charged in murder of Good Samaritan

Monday, February 03, 2014

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged (PDF) Devon Derrick Parker with a single count of second-degree intentional murder Monday in the shooting death of a North Minneapolis man.

Parker, 20, of Minneapolis, was charged with the fatal shooting of Thomas Karl Sonnenberg, 69, in his house at 3739 Aldrich Ave. N. at about 11:50 a.m. Friday. Parker had knocked on the Sonnenberg back door yelling that someone was chasing after him with a baseball bat, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

“Mr. Sonnenberg, being the fine man that all his neighbors said he was, let him in,” Freeman said, adding that Sonnenberg called 911 and Parker, “started shouting an erroneous address and then took the loaded gun from Mr. Sonnenberg and shot him.”

The police arrived at the Sonnenberg home, which was locked. After pounding on the door the victim’s wife, Mrs. Sonnenberg, came to the doorway and explained she could not unlock it. Parker approached and officers ordered him to stand down. The defendant complied and Mrs. Sonnenberg was able to unlock the house.

The police found Mr. Sonnenberg dead from a gun wound to the head. His holster was empty and a gun was later uncovered in the bedroom.

Freeman praised the police department, adding that they may have saved the life of Mrs. Sonnenberg with their timely response.

Parker’s first appearance will be Tuesday. The investigation remains ongoing.