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UPDATE: Prosecutors charge driver whose tires were shot out

A North St. Paul man suspected in a Woodbury burglary was arrested last week in a take-down that involved an officer shooting out the tires of the suspect’s car.

Noah Ante Erickson, 28, was charged Friday, Jan. 24, in Ramsey County court with two crimes related to the incident – one count of drug possession and one count of fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle.

According to a criminal complaint, Woodbury police went to St. Paul on Jan. 22 to investigate a suspect connected to a burglary at Walmart.

Officers from Woodbury watched the suspect, later identified as Erickson, drive off in a Chevrolet Impala. Police followed in what turned into a chase down residential St. Paul streets.

At one point, the Impala made a sharp turn in traffic, causing a Woodbury police SUV to strike it, the complaint states. Erickson then allegedly struck a parked car in an alley before getting the Impala stuck in a snowbank.

An officer in the SUV got out and ordered Erickson to show his hands. The complaint states Erickson instead attempted to maneuver the car in hopes of driving it out of the snowbank.

The officer got down and fired his service pistol twice at a rear tire before doing the same on a front tire of the Impala, according to the complaint.

Woodbury police identified that officer as detective Jeff Zerwas, a 19-year veteran of the force.

Erickson, who allegedly resisted arrest, was taken into custody after being sprayed with Mace. Police recovered a BB gun and a backpack containing cans of propane, laptop computers and a cigarette pack that contained suspected methamphetamine.

Erickson was arrested and booked at Ramsey County jail for active warrants for stalking and motor vehicle theft.

He will likely face additional charges, according to a Woodbury Public Safety Department news release.

The discharge of a police officer’s firearm in duty automatically triggers an investigation, the release states. The St. Paul Police Department will lead that investigation.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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