Suspect in random shooting had contact with police

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man charged in a random shooting that killed a boy in a St. Paul suburb had called police a few weeks earlier to complain he was being followed.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported ( ) that an Oakdale police officer didn’t initially write up her contact with the suspect, Nhan Lap Tran. Police Chief Bill Sullivan said the officer made a mistake in not writing a report but it wouldn’t have changed the outcome.

Tran was arrested Feb. 11 and accused of firing at passing vehicles as he walked down the middle of a residential area. A fourth-grader named Devin Aryal was killed. Tran has been charged with second-degree murder, but last month was found incompetent to stand trial.

Tran’s Jan. 21 call was written up only after the attack. The officer wrote Tran had asked police if he could shoot people who were following him. She said she told him he could not.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,

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