PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — A lawyer for a Plymouth man who died after exchanging gunfire with police after allegedly killing his girlfriend says he had a history of mental illness.

Michael Padden says Corey Perry's family asked him to speak on their behalf. Padden was handling Perry's appeal after he was convicted of carrying a weapon while intoxicated and making terroristic threats. Padden says it stemmed from a bar fight in which Perry was defending his brother.

Padden says Perry had no history of domestic violence against his fiancée, Trisha Nelson. They were both 28 when they died Friday night.

Padden says Perry was out drinking again, with his father and brother on Friday night, when he became fearful of getting in trouble again, became agitated and called Nelson to come pick him up.