Smith’s home burglarized less than a month before shootings

Byron Smith of Little Falls told officers he feared whoever was invading his home on Thanksgiving Day may have been armed; two of his own guns had been stolen from his home during an Oct. 27 burglary.

Smith reported the Oct. 27 burglary when he returned home about 6:30 p.m. to find a downstairs wooden door kicked in. He initially reported $500 in cash and a $3,000 piece of camera equipment stolen. The incident report shows that during a follow-up on the break-in, Smith reported that two guns, including a Remington 50 and a Ruger Mini-14 .223, had also been stolen. A $350 Nikon camera, a $3,000 camera lens, and a $300 man’s ring were also taken, as well as $9,200 in cash and coin.

At the time, Smith told law enforcement he had worked with kids as a director and had allowed some neighborhood kids and their friends to use his garage for their band. He told officers he stopped allowing the use of his garage, when too many showed up, saying it got out of hand.

Smith told officers he felt allowing use of his garage may have brought awareness to his residence and how secluded it is. Smith’s residence on Elm Street is set back on a dead end road north of Little Falls, bordered by woods on one side.

It was during a burglary at his residence Thanksgiving Day, that Smith shot and killed Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady.

Smith was charged with two counts of second degree murder, when the investigation revealed he had shot the victims multiple times and did not report the incident until the following day. The criminal complaint said it wasn’t until Friday morning that Smith phoned a neighbor asking whether they knew of a lawyer. The neighbor called law enforcement.