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

The 36-year-old has been charged with second-degree assault.
Publish date:
Vincent trotter

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.

Follow Bring Me The News on Google News

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.

Next Up

Demiiyah Star Martin

An 11-year-old girl is missing from Minneapolis

Police have issued an appeal to find her.

Marijuana, cannabis

Minnesota legal marijuana bill headed for House vote for first time ever

The bill passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday.

Douglas Schroeder

Appeal to find 59-year-old man missing from Edina

Douglas Schroeder was last seen on Thursday.

Ambulance Hennepin Healthcare

Woman found fatally shot in downtown parking ramp

It happened on 9th Street South between LaSalle and Hennepin.

duluth police department

Woman critical after Duluth stabbing, man suffers broken leg

Police have released sparse details about the incident.

Screen Shot 2021-05-08 at 10.01.38 PM

Police: Man, 20, killed his older sister in Chanhassen

Police found the 25-year-old woman dead from gunshot wounds.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov's playmaking, Rask's OT winner on display against Ducks

The Wild superstar had a pair of assists in a 4-3 victory.

Tyler Duffey

Twins offense, bullpen continue to struggle against Tigers

The Tigers scored five runs in the seventh inning in a 7-3 defeat.


Early Saturday crash leaves 2 kids, 1 adult dead in Maple Grove

The crash happened just before 7 a.m. Saturday.

State Patrol

State Patrol reports 2 fatal crashes on Friday in Minnesota

The first incident happened in Austin Township, and the second happened in Birch Lake Township.


Screen Shot 2019-04-16 at 12.48.11 PM

Police arrest homeowner who shot suspect in stolen car crash

The 36-year-old man is being held for aggravated assault.

Trinidad Garcia

Charges: Cash, stolen gun found after man shot at driver on snowy I-35

The 27 year old from Forest Lake has been charged with gun crimes.

Darrion Gresham

Charges: Pot dealer, 18, killed client who robbed him at gunpoint

The teenager has been charged with second-degree murder.

Charges: St. Paul bus driver was 'sucker punched' by passenger

The 35 year old has been charged with 3rd degree assault.

Antonio Richardson

Charges: Man shot dead in his St. Paul home was not the target

A 30-year-old man has been charged with murder.

President Pimpin Austin

Charges: Man assaulted, raped woman he'd just met inside her car

The 28-year-old from St. Paul has been charged with 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Theotis Thomas

Charges: Man shot dead for stopping a domestic assault

The 19 year old has been charged with the murder of Mark Franklin in St. Paul.