Two men have been charged in a South St. Paul fatal shooting last Friday involving an apparent altercation over a bag of marijuana.
Andrew Michael Fisher, 20, of Cambridge, and Tre Manuel Iglesias, 22, of St. Paul, were charged in connection to the killing of 26-year-old Avontae Troy King of South St. Paul, Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced on Tuesday.
According to an initial press release by the South St. Paul Police Department, officers responded about 4:50 p.m. Friday to the 400 block of 3rd Avenue South on a report of shots fired. Police found a male lying near the shoulder of the road with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso. Responders rendered aid to the victim, but King was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Details from the criminal complaint state that Fisher had been staying on the couch at Iglesias’ residence for the past week and had asked Iglesias for a ride. The two went to a residence and both entered. While inside, Fischer grabbed a bag of marijuana from the table and ran out of the residence, according to a statement later offered to police by Iglesias.
Iglesias followed Fisher, and the pair were followed outside by King. Fisher then shot King, and Fisher and Iglesias left in Iglesias’ vehicle. Iglesias told police he was the driver of the vehicle at that point.
Three neighborhood witnesses later reported to police that they saw or heard parts of the incident. One witness stated that he was inside his residence when he heard someone outside yell, “Shoot him.” The witness looked out the window and saw three people moving quickly down the street — two younger males in front and an older male following behind them who was later determined to be the victim. After the shooting, the witness said the two males got into a vehicle and the shooter was the driver. The witness called 911 and rendered aid to the victim.
A second witness who was outside of her residence also told police she heard someone say, “Shoot him, f–ing shoot him.” She then heard something “go off” and called 911.
A third witness who was driving down the street at the time told police that the driver was a black male with mid-length dreads.
The complaint states that Iglesias later called police to report his involvement in the incident. In addition to fingering Fisher as the shooter, Iglesias told police that he then drove Fisher to Cambridge and dropped him off. Iglesias later changed his version of the story and told police that a female, identified as Witness 4 in the complaint, drove Fisher to Cambridge and Iglesias rode along. He said during the car ride, Fisher started talking about shooting someone and told Witness 4 to keep her mouth shut. It was after that point that Iglesias contacted police.
In an interview with police, Witness 4 said she and Iglesias were friends and that she was at Iglesias’ residence when he and Fisher arrived. Fisher asked her for a ride to Cambridge, and she agreed. Fisher changed his clothes and took off the gray ripped jeans and black top he was wearing.
Search warrants were subsequently executed on Iglesias’ vehicle and residence. A search of the vehicle turned up a document in Fisher’s name on the rear passenger floor area, a document in Iglesias’ name on the driver’s side rear floor, a Beretta BB gun under the front passenger seat, as well as a social security card, birth certificate, and insurance documents in Iglesias’ name in the center console. At the residence, a search turned up ripped “man” jeans by the couch that contained a loaded handgun magazine in one of the pockets of the jeans, and a wallet containing Fisher’s identification next to the jeans. An empty Taurus gun box was also located in a duffel bag in a bedroom closet, and an empty gun safe was found behind the couch.
Jail records indicate that Iglesias was booked into custody on Saturday, and Fisher was booked into custody on Sunday.
The criminal complaint does not indicate any statement to law enforcement from Fisher, and no further information about the altercation and circumstances involving the marijuana was detailed in the complaint.
Both Fisher and Iglesias have been charged with one count of second-degree intentional murder and one count of second-degree unintentional murder while committing a felony.
Both parties made court appearances on Tuesday and bail was set at $1 million for Fisher and $750,000 for Iglesias. As of Thursday afternoon, jail records indicated that both parties remained in custody.
Both Fisher and Iglesias are scheduled to make their next court appearances on Dec. 12.
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