Mike Longaecker, Forum News Service, Published March 10 2014
Man wearing fake badge charged in St. Paul bar shootingT. PAUL – Prosecutors say a Woodbury man wearing a fake badge pulled out a handgun and shot an acquaintance at nearly point-blank range Friday at a St. Paul sports bar.
Patrick Timothy Juetten, 30, was charged Monday in Ramsey County with one count of second-degree attempted murder after allegedly leaving a man with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The gunshot 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 2 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.
Ramsey County Attorney’s Office public information officer Dennis Gerhardstein said both men attended Hill-Murray School 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.”