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Forum staff reports, Published April 04 2011

UPDATED: Man killed in Hankinson, N.D., shooting identified

HANKINSON, N.D. – The man killed in a weekend shooting here has been identified as 35-year-old Brian Eugene Smith of Hankinson, according to a news release from the Richland County Sheriff's Office.

Smith was shot by Robert Arends, 55, in Arends' driveway, the Sheriff's Office said.

"The two individuals involved did not know each other," the release said. "Robert Arends is claiming self defense."

No arrests or charges have been made.

The shooting happened about 4 a.m. Sunday. Smith was pronounced dead at a hospital in Breckenridge, Minn. His body has been sent to the North Dakota Medical Examiner's office in Bismarck, N.D., for an autopsy.

Sheriff Larry Leshovsky said few details are being released because the incident remains under investigation.