In Minnesota, one man is dead, and another is facing criminal charges following a shooting on Dec. 9. According to media sources, a 20-year-old man allegedly threatened a number of people with a gun before shooting one of them and then running from police in neighboring North Dakota. Reports indicate that the alleged shooter and the fatally injured man knew each other.

The incident occurred in an apartment in the city of Waite Park. Emergency responders transported the injured man to St. Cloud Hospital at approximately 2 p.m. The 19-year-old man, who was shot in the chest, was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.

According to law enforcement officials, a gun was found in the vehicle that the alleged shooter was driving in North Dakota. He reportedly fled officers in a stolen white SUV at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour before crashing the vehicle and being taken into police custody. Stearns County Sheriff’s Office reports indicate that the man will be extradited to Minnesota to face charges of assault in the second degree, unintentional murder in the second degree and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Second-degree unintentional murder in Minnesota is a serious criminal charge that carries a maximum sentence of 40 years. Individuals who find themselves facing homicide or related charges may want to remember that the charges alone do not automatically result in a prison sentence. Dependent upon the facts of a particular case, a number of defense strategies could be employed to fight the criminal charges in court. A trial attorney who is familiar with the law associated with an alleged crime may be able to help the client achieve the best possible outcome in light of the circumstances.