Woodbury man, 30, charged in St. Paul bar shooting
Ramsey County prosecutors say a Woodbury man pulled out a handgun and shot an acquaintance at nearly point-blank range on Friday at a St. Paul sports bar.
Patrick Timothy Juetten, 30, was charged Monday with one count of second-degree attempted murder after allegedly leaving a man with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The alleged victim, identified in a criminal complaint as T.J.G., told police that Juetten, a high school classmate, had called him up and later met him at Tom Reid’s Bar.
T.J.G. said Juetten was posing as a police officer and had a phony badge hanging from a lanyard around his neck. The complaint states T.J.G. learned Juetten’s plan was to “rob drug dealers.”
While out on the bar’s patio area, Juetten allegedly asked T.J.G. to participate in the scheme, and was turned down, according to the complaint.
After being rebuked, Juetten pulled out what witnesses identified as a Sig Sauer .40-caliber handgun and shot T.J.G. from about two feet away, the alleged victim said.
The man was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was treated for gunshot-related injuries to his lung, a rib and his liver. The complaint states T.J.G. is in stable condition, but listed his liver injury as “extremely serious.”
Other witnesses at Tom Reid’s reported seeing a surly-looking Juetten point the gun at T.J.G. earlier on the patio. Witnesses said Juetten was accompanied by two other males who appeared ambivalent toward his allegedly aggressive actions with the gun.
Ramsey County Attorney’s Office public information officer Dennis Gerhardstein said it was not immediately clear whether those people were being sought in connection with the case. He confirmed that both men attended Hill-Murray in Maplewood.
Juetten was arrested early Saturday at a Woodbury hotel, the complaint states.
His girlfriend, who was with him at the time of the arrest, told police she was at their shared apartment on Guider Drive when Juetten came home “freaked out.”
She was told a similar version of the story Juetten gave to police: That Juetten met T.J.G. at Tom Reid’s Bar, where he gave his car keys to a stranger so the stranger could get cigarettes from Juetten’s vehicle. According to the suspect’s account, the stranger took a handgun from Juetten’s vehicle, returned to the bar’s patio and shot the man.
Juetten admitted to police that he been “drinking a lot” that night and noted that he didn’t know what happened to the handgun.
Juetten’s girlfriend told investigators that he had taken law enforcement classes at Century College and confirmed that he wears a fake badge on a lanyard.
Investigators interviewed Juetten’s father, who said he had loaned him a .40-caliber Sig Sauer handgun for “police school.”
Gerhardstein said prosecutors were poised to seek Juetten be held on $1 million bail during Monday’s initial court appearance.