MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man is in custody in connection to a fatal shooting Monday evening in St. Paul’s North End neighborhood.
The St. Paul Police Department said that officers took custody of a 40-year-old man Tuesday near the intersection of Larpenteaur Avenue and Oxford Street. The man had been arrested hours earlier by members of the Ramsey County SWAT team. While being interviewed at police headquarters, the man tried to fight officers. He was later booked into jail on suspicion of murder in Monday’s shooting.
Police identified the victim in Monday’s shooting as 56-year-old Todd Gerleman of South St. Paul. Investigators say officers found him suffering from a gunshot wound in a car outside an ARCO gas station on the 300 block of Larpenteur Avenue East. He died at the scene.
Gerleman’s death marked the city’s 33rd homicide of the year — just one death away from a grim all-time record.
Although the city has experienced a surge in gun violence in 2020, investigators have also made arrests in most of the cases. According to police, charges have been filed in 29 of the 33 homicide cases.