Minnesota

Man killed girlfriend over breakup, then committed suicde

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: Minnesota, murder-suicide |

Maple Grove, Minn –

In a bloody end to a domestic dispute, a young woman’s on-again, off-again boyfriend shot her to death Sunday afternoon outside a Maple Grove McDonald’s restaurant, then committed suicide on a nearby freeway, police said.

Just before 2 p.m., Maple Grove police received several frantic 911 calls about a woman being shot in the parking lot of the McDonald’s on Sycamore Lane N. Witnesses saw her stumble at the curb and fall onto a sidewalk by the restaurant as she was shot the first time, said Maple Grove police Capt. Tracy Stille. The male suspect then approached the woman and shot her again at “very close range,” Stille said.

The man then fled in a white vehicle.

The man and woman had arrived separately at the restaurant to break off a year-old relationship, Stille said. The identities of the two, whom police described as metro-area residents in their 20s, had not been released by late Sunday.

Armed with a vehicle description and a partial license plate number, a Brooklyn Park police officer was waiting for the suspect, who was driving 20 to 30 miles over the 55 miles-per-hour speed limit, on Interstate 694, Stille said.

About six minutes after the initial 911 calls, the officer pulled the suspect over on 694 at the border of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. He approached the parked vehicle and found the man dead inside from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Stille said. More on Star Tribune

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Man Shot To Death over Argument Outside White Castle

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Minnesota |

Hopkins, Minn – A man was shot to death following a fight outside of a Twin Cities White Castle restaurant early Sunday morning.

According to authorities, a 24-year-old black male was shot at about 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the restaurant chain’s Hopkins location.

Witnesses said they saw the victim involved in an altercation with others before the shooting. Afterwards, two black male suspects were seen fleeing the scene.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. More on WCCO

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Man may have committed suicide-by-cop

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: Minnesota, suicide |

St. Paul, Minnesota – Police spokesman Peter Panos said Tuesday that the MySpace page and another note apparently left by Jeske on his computer are leading investigators to believe that his death Monday was a case of officer-assisted suicide.

Jeske, 34, of St. Paul, was shot and killed by police after he allegedly refused to put down his gun, and instead raised it, Panos said, while in an alley in the 1500 block of E. Iowa Avenue on the city’s East Side.

A police dog named Boomer was shot in the muzzle during the altercation.

Sometime before he died — gunned down by St. Paul police officers after he allegedly confronted them with a handgun — Robert J. Jeske is believed to have logged onto a MySpace page for the final time.

“I love you all ………. goodbye ….. I am sorry …..” states the note entered under the name Bob Hope.

Jeske’s family and friends were shocked when they learned about the confrontation with police, the shooting and the MySpace goodbye.

More on StarTribune.com

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