Charges: Stolen car driver was walking away when homeowner shot him

The 36-year-old has been charged with second-degree assault.
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The homeowner accused of shooting the driver in a stolen car crash has been charged with second-degree assault.

Vincent Trotter, 36, of Cook Avenue in St. Paul, opened fire on the suspect – identified as Jalik Combs – after finding him sat against the side door to his house just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

This was shortly after a two-car crash on a nearby street involving a stolen vehicle, the occupants of which fled after the crash, with Combs – the driver – among them.

According to the complaint filed against Trotter, security cameras from a nearby house show him pulling into the parking spot by his house while Combs was sat against the door

Police found that Combs had made no attempt to enter Trotter's house, with the camera showing he stood up and walked down the steps of the unenclosed porch as Trotter approached his property. Combs' hands were empty, visible and away from his body.

Combs then proceeded to turn away from Trotter and began to walk north away from him while still looking over his shoulder.

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But Trotter, who has a valid conceal and carry permit, then allegedly advanced on Combs and opened fire,.

"It is clear from the video that JC was retreating away from Trotter as Trotter fired his handgun," the complaint says.

Trotter was cooperative with police, and was still holding the gun when police arrived.

After putting the gun on the ground, he said: "I pull up and he’s by my door."

"I told him don’t move, he moves, and I let 3 or 4 rounds go," he said. "I see blood, so I think I hit him. I tried to hit him. I carry a 45.”

The Pioneer Press reports that Combs was treated for gunshot wounds to his buttocks, forearm and legs, and has been booked into jail for suspected auto theft.

The newspaper also notes that Trotter previously shot and wounded a man who tried to rob him and a co-worker in 2013, you can find more details here.

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