Police Arrest Couple After Alleged Intruder Is Fatally Shot

An unnamed man and woman were arrested by police after an alleged home intruder was fatally shot at their St. Paul, Minnesota home early Monday morning.

According to the St. Paul Police Department, a distressed woman who lived at the home in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood called 911 to report an intruder on the premises. A man got on the call as she was talking to police and told them that he had shot the intruder on their front porch, hitting him several times.

The alleged intruder also called 911, telling them that he was dying. According to police, he did not respond to their questions and that the call had gone silent.

When police arrived at the 1300 block of Englewood Avenue around 1:45 a.m., they found the man laying on the front porch with gunshot injuries and immediately sought out medical attention.

The man was transported to Regions Hospital where he died a few hours later. He was identified as 35-year-old Drew Johnson of St. Paul by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday.

Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster stated that the couple was taken to police headquarters for questioning but refused to cooperate in the interview.

After investigating the situation, police arrested the couple on suspicion of second-degree murder.

The 30-year-old man and 35-year-old woman were booked into the Ramsey County jail and were later released.

The woman had initially told police on the 911 call that she knew the man who was allegedly trying to break into her home. Her relationship with Johnson or why he was on the premises is still unknown at this time.

“We are working to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting,” investigators said in a statement.

The couple’s names have not been released yet.

The St. Paul Police Department reported that this is the city’s 32nd homicide of the year. There were 40 homicides commited in the city in 2022.