A 27-year-old St. Paul man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder when he allegedly tried to shoot Minneapolis police officers during last week's protests and riots on Lake Street.
According to a criminal complaint, multiple officers were in the area of 15th Ave. S. and Lake Street early May 30, with that night featuring officers being on the receiving end of protesters throwing rocks, debris and bottles filled with bodily fluid.
Around 4 a.m., several SWAT officers were in an unmarked white van patrolling the neighborhood, with two officers designated to use 40-mm marking rounds to disperse crowds. As they were moving down Lake Street and flanked by two squad cars, officers noticed a group of people in a parking lot near 14th Ave. S.
While several people in the group fled, the complaint states that a man, identified as Jaleel K. Stallings, ran towards the driver's side door of a white Chevy pickup and leaned down as if to pick something up. Out of concern that Stallings would grab a rock or debris and use it against them, an officer fired a marking round at Stallings, the complaint said.
The charging document says that Stallings almost immediately fired 3-4 shots at the officers. One bullet sparked and ricocheted in front of police, leading one officer to think another cop had been shot.
Stallings took cover behind the truck before being surrounding by authorities and taken into custody. During the arrest, the complaint says one officer kicked Stallings as "he did not know where the gun was located." Stallings is accused of resisting arrest, though an officer was able to gain control of him eventually.
Found behind the truck was an "AK-47 style Mini Draco Style pistol."
One officer had pain in his hand and foot after the incident, but X-rays were negative for broken bones. The complaint says one officer "feared for his life during this incident and believed his partner had been shot." Nobody was shot.
The next day, Stallings was interviewed and he asked if anyone had been killed. When told no, Stallings asked to speak to a lawyer and the interview ended, the complaint concluded.
Stallings is facing the following charges:
- 2 counts of 2nd-degree attempted murder.
- 2 counts of 1st-degree assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer.
- 2 counts of 2nd-degree assault with a deadly weapon.
- 2nd-degree riot while armed with a dangerous weapon.
- Intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety (felony).