Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Jerome Deshawn Misters, age 35 of Newport has been charged* with Second Degree Murder (Intentional) and Attempted Second Degree Murder (Intentional) in connection with a shooting incident that occurred in the early morning hours of August 17, 2020 in South St. Paul. This incident resulted in the death of Matthew Perkins, age 33 of St. Paul, and serious injuries to another 36 year old male from Bayport.
The following is a summary of the facts contained in the criminal complaint filed today in this case:
At approximately 3:58 a.m. on August 17th, South St. Paul police officers were dispatched to a residential area in the City on the report of a shooting that had occurred. Upon arrival at the scene, officers located a male victim lying on the sidewalk, facedown. The male, later identified as Matthew Perkins, had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his chest. The victim was not breathing and was unresponsive. Officers administered first aid until the victim was transported from the scene by paramedics. Perkins was declared deceased at the hospital from his injuries. A later autopsy revealed that Perkins had been shot five times and died from blood loss.
Officers also located a second male victim in the street a short distance away. The second victim had gunshot wounds to his abdomen and upper arm. The second victim was able to speak with officers. He indicated that he and his cousin (Perkins) had come to the South St. Paul residence and had been shot after getting into a heated argument with another male in front of the house where this incident occurred. After being initially shot, Perkins ran down the street and was pursued by the shooter.
A woman who was in the home with Misters that night told police that earlier that evening while sitting on the patio with Misters, he and Perkins got into an argument on the phone. A short while later after going to bed, Misters told her he just received a threatening text from Perkins who was now outside the residence. Misters ran outside and the female witness said she heard gunshots. When she went outside she said she saw one victim lying in the street who was shot and asking for help. As she dialed 911, she said she looked down the street to the nearby intersection where she saw Misters standing over Perkins and shooting him.
A nearby neighbor also heard the gunshots and told police as she opened her front door she saw a man running down the street with a black handgun. She said the man with the gun stopped in front of her house, pointed the gun at the ground and fired it three times. This witness later realized that the man with the gun was shooting at another man who was lying on the sidewalk outside of her home. She described the shooter as a skinny African-America male approximately 5'8" tall, wearing a white t-shirt and black pants, which matched other information officers obtained that evening as to the description of Misters.
Officers located multiple shell casings consistent with a handgun on the ground at the scene. Officers spoke with other area residents and several reported seeing a male in a white t-shirt running southeast from the scene. Officers located a 9mm Glock 48 handgun in a storm sewer along this route. The magazine was missing from the handgun. Officers located a magazine, consistent with the factory original, approximately one block from the recovered handgun. The magazine was found under some landscaping plants next to a paver outside a residence.
At approximately 7 a.m. that same morning, officers were speaking to staff at a hotel that Misters was known to frequent. As they were doing so, Misters walked into the hotel, wearing no shirt, black sweatpants and black shoes. He asked staff to use the phone because he needed help and wanted to call his family. Misters was placed into custody at that time.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint at Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Backstrom commented: “This appears to be another tragic act of gun violence that has claimed one life and left another individual with serious injuries." Backstrom expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Matthew Perkins and his best wishes for the second victim's full recovery.
Backstrom praised the South St. Paul Police Department, and all of the other law enforcement agencies which assisted in this investigation, for their work which led to the quick apprehension of the suspect. Other agencies assisting in this investigation were the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Inver Grove Heights Police Department, the West St. Paul Police Department, the Dakota County Drug Task Force and K9 teams from the Bloomington Police Department and ATF.
Jerome Misters made his first court appearance on these charges today. Bail in the amount of $1,500,000 without conditions, and $1,000,000 with conditions, was set by Judge Michael Mayer. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 2, 2020 at 10:40 a.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.