Tomah Man Charged With Pointing Gun at Officer’s Face
PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Wisconsin man pointed a weapon inches from a police officer's face in St. Paul last weekend.
Thirty-four-year-old James Frei of Tomah, Wisconsin, was charged Tuesday with possession of a firearm, second-degree assault and fleeing a police officer.
Police say Officer Michael Tschida was working off-duty at a Walmart Sunday and confronted Frei after suspecting he was shoplifting.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports security camera footage shows Frei pointing a gun in Tschida's face.
According to the complaint, Tschida slapped the gun away and drew his own weapon. Frei ran to a pickup and pointed a gun at Tschida a second time.
Police say Tschida fired several rounds. No one was hurt.
Frei crashed after a brief chase. He's due back in court July 20.