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Man charged with murder in Audubon, Minn., shooting; victim identified

AUDUBON, Minn. — Becker County authorities are charging a Fergus Falls man in connection with a fatal shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in western Minnesota.

Michaelray Ericthomas Mason, 29, is charged with one felony count of second-degree murder without intent and one felony count of possession of a firearm, according to court documents.

About 4:41 p.m. on Nov. 13, police were sent to a residence in Audubon after Mason called 911 stating that he shot a man.

On Friday, Nov. 16, authorities identified the victim as Steven Scott Lafazia, 35. Lafazia has no permanent address, according to the sheriff’s office.

After arriving, officers found Lafazia deceased, court records show.

Mason told police that he and Lafazia had been drinking during the day and got into an argument when they returned to the residence, court documents said.

Mason claimed Lafazia was about to attack him when he shot him, court records show.

An acquaintance of Mason’s told police Mason called her about 4:36 p.m. and told her Lafazia was “coming after him again, and if he didn't quit he was going to get shot,” court records show.

According to court documents, Mason told police in one interview that Lafazia had his arms extended when he shot him but later said during a separate police interview that Lafazia was reaching for a knife.

Mason’s female acquaintance told law enforcement Mason gets depressed when he drinks and suffers from mental health issues, court documents said.

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