The 84-year-old Kansas City Man Andrew Lester Is Being Held On Suspicion Of Shooting Ralph Yarl

According to authorities, an 84-year-old man from Kansas City has turned himself in on suspicion of shooting a Black teenager who accidently rang the doorbell at the wrong house on Tuesday.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement saying, “Andrew Lester, charged in the shooting of Ralph Yarl, has surrendered at our Detention Center and is in custody.” He is currently being booked, said the officer.

According to the Clay County prosecutor, Lester, of Kansas City, was charged on Monday with first-degree assault and armed criminal action, all of which are felonies, in connection with the shooting of Ralph Yarl on Thursday night.

The sheriff’s office reported that Lester was released Tuesday night after posting bond, which had been set at $200,000.

According to a probable cause statement submitted by police, Yarl, 16, was shot through a glass door after he rang the doorbell after traveling to the incorrect house to pick up his siblings around 10 p.m.

Police reported that Lester told detectives he had gone to bed when the doorbell rang and that he had a.32-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver with him when he approached the door.

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According to the probable cause statement, Lester claimed he observed a Black male who he didn’t know yanking on the outer storm door handle and believed his home was being broken into.

It states that Lester claimed he fired twice through the glass door. The male fled after that, according to the witness, and he called 911 on his house phone. He claimed to have seen a car in his driveway that he thought belonged to the man, but he didn’t see anyone inside.

Lester said to the police that no words were spoken.

According to police reports, Lester claimed that using his pistol “was the last thing he wanted to do, but he was’scared to death'” due to his age and the stature of the individual.

Lester claimed he is solitary. In the probable cause statement, a police detective claimed that after noticing a surveillance system in the house, he grabbed the hard drive to preserve any potential evidence. However, he later discovered that the device had stopped working since it had stopped recording footage in June.

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