Man Killed By Drunken Neighbor Who Mistakes Him For Home Intruder

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In cases of mistaken identity, the punchline comes from one simple detail that leads to a misunderstanding of epic proportions, and this tale is no different. This story would almost be a funny one, if it hadn't ended so tragically for one Missouri homeowner.

After a bout of drinking, one man tried to drunkenly enter his house, only to find that it was locked.

This would be a cause for concern for most, as no one wants to be caught outside their own home on the best of occasions.

However, keep in mind that the temperatures had dropped, and the notion of sleeping outside was more than fool hardy, it was actually dangerous.

So Michael Augustine, despite his intoxicated state, continued to pound on his front door, utterly confused as to why it was not opening with his key.

Imagine his surprise when he noticed movement going on inside, and this turning into shock as a complete stranger then opened up his door to interrogate him on his own threshold!

Perhaps we could understand what happens next, even though it led to the untimely death of a veteran - and an innocent man.

Late in the evening, 60-year-old Clifton King awoke to a ruckus that dragged him out of bed.

Hearing the cries of a somewhat familiar voice, he must have wondered what could make someone so angry at such a late hour.

When he answered the door, Augustine attacked him in a blind rage, placing King in a choke-hold before calling police.

Augustine told 911 operators that he had just tackled an intruder to his home, and that they should come quickly.

First responders pulled up outside of Augustine's address, but the house was empty. They soon realized that the confrontation occurred not at the original location, but at King's residence a short distance away.

King was found not breathing in his front yard, and was pronounced dead soon after.

King was apparently homeless in the past, but had recently moved into the area following a long military career. Neighbors told reporters what a shame it was to lose someone in this way.

"He served our country and that was not an honorable way to treat him,"one bystander said. "I think that it’s sad. It’s sad! Someone had to give up their life because someone was so messed up they didn’t know it wasn’t their home."

Augustine was charged with first degree involuntary manslaughter, but has posted bail and moved out of the area.