19-year-old charged in drive-by shooting death of beloved teacher, bar owner

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A Pine Springs man has been charged in the death of a beloved teacher and bar owner.

Bailey Jordan Garcia, 19, was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the "unintentional killing" of 46-year-old David Robert Frigaard during a drive-by shooting early Saturday morning, a news release says.

Garcia's bail was set at $2 million. He could face up to 30 years in prison.

The criminal complaint against Garcia says he was parked at a Mahtomedi intersection, and when he saw Frigaard's truck come up to the stop sign, he shot it with a rifle and fled the area. Garcia ended up crashing his car and was later arrested by Washington County Sheriff's deputies, police said.

Preliminary autopsy reports show the gunshot perforated Frigaard's lungs and aorta, resulting in his death, the release says.

Police believe Frigaard was on his way home after closing up the bar he owned in nearby Willernie, KSTP says.

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The Star Tribune reports Garcia told investigators he had gotten into an argument with his father and brother earlier that evening and was contemplating suicide.

Garcia admitted to police that he'd been drinking, and went to the intersection with the rifle to "shoot a few deer," KARE 11 says, and admitted to firing at the truck, but fled because he didn't know if he hit the driver.

Frigaard was an art teacher at Park High School in Cottage Grove and had previously taught in Woodbury. He also coached track and football.

“Dave was a respected and valuable member of our staff." Park High School Principal Kerry Timmerman said in a release on the district's website. "He was a talented teacher that enjoyed providing opportunities for students to display their artwork, both at Park and in the greater community."

Timmerman said he taught and coached around the district, and "will be greatly missed by all."

People who knew him left messages at his bar, WCCO says, and took to Twitter to share their condolences and memories.

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