ST. PAUL (WCCO) – Police took six people into custody after a late night shooting and police chase in St. Paul. It ended with a surprise for police when they found a teenager bound and tied up with duct-tape in the back of the vehicle they chased.
It all started when St. Paul police officers checked out reports of gunfire near Morton Street and Waseca Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. A 911 caller said two groups of men were fighting with each other, and that one group took off in a silver PT Cruiser.
Police caught up with the car near downtown, but it took off.
Then a State Patrol Trooper later spotted the car and hit it in the side at Jackson Street and Jenks Avenue in St. Paul. The driver lost control, skidded down Jackson Street and finally came to a rest.
“I ran out here, and I see cops everywhere,” said Gary Anderson, who was relaxing in an apartment close to the scene of the crash.
Officers Anderson him to stay back when he came outside to see what was going on, but he stayed and watched. He estimated that three dozen cops and State Patrol Troopers were on-scene, and the situation was extremely dangerous.
“I see them all ducking down behind their car right here, pointing guns at the car. They kept hollering for people to get out of the car, and apparently, they wouldn’t get out,” said Anderson.
One of the men in the car tried running away, but a block later, police quickly arrested him. The man had to be treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder from the original shooting at a local hospital.
Officers opened the trunk of the vehicle and found an 18-year-old man bound and duct-taped inside. He said he wasn’t hurt, and officers didn’t notice any injuries on him either. They questioned him at least twice on Tuesday and took him to his parent’s home. Investigators aren’t sure still why he was in the back of the vehicle.
In total, six people from inside the car were arrested. Devonte Johnson-Hall, Khalil Zeno, Damon Walker, and Montinez Jiles were booked into the Ramsey County Jail. Police also arrested two juveniles.
The Ramsey County Attorney will soon review the case and decide if any of them will be charged, possibly with fleeing officers and kidnapping.