In the shooting of a 33-year-old forensic scientist with the Minneapolis Police Department, two persons have been charged with attempted murder.
Timothy Amacher, 41, and Colleen Larson, 24, both of St. Paul, face one felony count of attempted murder in the April 20 incident, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Amacher is also charged with helping an offender after the fact, which is a crime.
Officers were summoned to a supervised parenting facility between Malcolm and University avenues in Minneapolis at 7:33 p.m. on a report of a gunshot. Officers discovered the 33-year-old female victim, who had been shot in the right side of her neck and right forearm.
The victim was brought to Hennepin Healthcare, where she is still being treated, but she is expected to make a full recovery. Due to a gunshot wound to her neck and a “through and through” bullet wound to her arm, she sustained multiple internal damage.
The woman was shot while bringing up her 5-year-old son from Amacher. When the victim was shot, Amacher was inside the parenting center. A court order requires Amacher’s contact with the kid to be supervised, and he is not allowed to contact the victim.
The gunman might be Amacher’s girlfriend, Larson, according to employees at the parenting center who knew the victim and his family background.
According to police, security footage from the parking lot shows Larson coming in a black 2022 Dodge Ram with no license plate. She then got out of the car and hid behind a fence until the victim left hers. Larson then rushed up behind the victim, brandishing a gun. Larson was seen pointing his pistol at the victim in the footage, but the shot took place just beyond the view of the camera.
Amacher was not detained on the spot, but he was questioned. He spent a “significant chunk of the interview discussing how he is a victim of family court, MPD, and Victim’s conduct,” according to the criminal complaint.
The Dodge Ram belongs to Amacher, who bought it in January, according to police. When asked about his automobiles in the original interview, Amacher did not reveal that he owned a Dodge Ram, according to authorities.
Authorities seized numerous weapons and.380 discharged cartridge shells shot from the same pistol used in the April 20 incident during a search warrant performed at Amacher’s St. Paul home. There was no.380 pistol found.
According to the criminal complaint, GPS data reveals Amacher and Larson exchanged automobiles three hours before the incident, at Amacher’s White Bear Lake workplace. Larson stopped at the St. Paul residence before continuing on to the parenting center, while Amacher drove to the parenting center.
Over the last few years, Amacher’s connection with the victim included domestic violence, excessive harassment, and stalker behavior, according to investigators. At one point, the youngster informed a social worker that Amacher urged them to lie about being abused.
Multiple witnesses and phone records verified Amacher’s alleged provocation of a buddy to kill the victim for $50,000, according to investigators.
Both are in detention, and substantial bail has been asked since they pose a “serious risk” to the victim and the general public, according to court records.
Both might spend the rest of their lives in jail if convicted of attempted murder.