Mara Gottfried / St. Paul Pioneer Press
As a St. Paul police officer told a suspected drunk driver to get in his squad car, the man responded, “I am a Ramsey County judge” and asked the officer to allow him to walk home, according to police reports made public Friday. The officer repeated to Ramsey County District Court Judge G. Tony Atwal that he should get in the squad and he did. It was early on New Year’s Day and Atwal was charged on Jan. 2 with DWI. He pleaded guilty the same afternoon to a gross misdemeanor.
As a St. Paul police officer tried to take a man into custody Wednesday, the man struck him in the head eight times while holding a key. The department’s assistant police chief said the officer was “brutally assaulted.” “(The suspect) was essentially stabbing the officer in the head with the key,” said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. The officer was taken to Regions Hospital and required a staple to close a wound on his head, Linders said. Police arrested Coni Lamark Shegog, 28, of St. Paul, on suspicion of felony assault on a peace officer.
ST. PAUL—Before a fatal officer-involved shooting in St. Paul, a man in the area heard a woman saying, "Help me, help me!" and "He's trying to kill me." De'Andre Gatewood, who lives in an Dayton's Bluff apartment building near the shooting, said he also heard the woman saying, "The gun isn't loaded. Put the gun down. Please don't shoot." The woman spoke directly to the man who was apparently shot soon after, telling him, "Just put the gun down, put your hands up, don't do anything," Gatewood said Wednesday.
ST. PAUL — A 35-year-old man running when he was struck Wednesday, Feb. 22, by an SUV in St. Paul was also an avid bicyclist who worked as an engineer at 3M. Police arrested the 60-year-old driver, whom officers suspected of being under the influence and possibly on his phone. The man has been a lawyer in Minnesota for more than 30 years. Scott Allen Spoo, of St. Paul, was in the crosswalk on Mississippi River Boulevard at Dayton Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. when a man driving a sport-utility vehicle hit Spoo. Spoo was pronounced dead at the scene.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul police sergeant issued a public apology Wednesday for a Facebook comment to "run them over" about an upcoming Black Lives Matter march, but the mayor and others said they continue to be outraged. Sgt. Jeffrey Rothecker, who is on paid leave from the department and is the subject of an internal affairs investigation, said he is "extremely sorry" and understood "the post was insensitive and wrong."
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul police officers responding to a report of death threats early Wednesday shot and killed the suspect, police said. Police haven't released information about what led...