Minneapolis, St. Paul see first homicides of 2022 

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul recorded their first homicides of 2022 over the weekend.

St. Paul police respond to a homicide Sunday afternoon on the 100 block of Larpenteur Avenue West. (St. Paul Police Department/Twitter)

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul recorded their first homicides of 2022 over the weekend, according to police.

Both cities either broke or tied their all-time homicide records last year.

In St. Paul, officers found a woman with a stab wound to her chest dead inside an apartment just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the 100 block of Larpenteur Avenue West in the North End neighborhood. Maurice Angelo McClinton Smith, 38, was arrested Sunday night in connection to the murder.

According to police, he was found outside a home a couple miles from the scene and was “treated at Regions for exposure.”

The night before, Minneapolis police responded to the 4200 block of 11th Avenue South on “reports of shots fired in the area and a vehicle that had crashed into parked cars,” according to a press release.

Officers found an adult male in the street with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he later died. Police said there “is limited information related to who else was involved and what transpired.”

Minneapolis had 97 homicides in 2021 while St. Paul had 38.