Teenage shooting suspect arrested after standoff with police
FARIBAULT, Minn. - A man suspected at shooting three men Monday in Rochester was arrested in Faribault early Tuesday after an hours-long standoff with police.
FARIBAULT, Minn. – A man suspected at shooting three men Monday in Rochester was arrested in Faribault early Tuesday after an hours-long standoff with police.
Courtney Eli Ocegueda, 19, of Rochester, is suspected of shooting to death Trumane Lamar Gillmore, 22, also of Rochester, and wounding two other men Monday afternoon, apparently in retaliation for an earlier altercation.
Demonterious Davonte Jackson, 20, of Rochester, was shot in the leg, and grazed by bullets on his chest and arm, while Jerome Richard Zachary, 18, of Chicago, was also grazed in the chest. Their wounds were not considered life-threatening, said Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin.
Circumstances around the shooting were complex due to Ocegueda’s involvement in a robbery earlier Monday. Sherwin said police responded to a call from Ocegueda saying he was robbed by three men, and Ocegueda “made a few connections” between the men from the robbery and Gillmore, Jackson and Zachary.
The robbers took cash, a watch and what is believed to be an unknown amount of narcotics from Ocegueda, Sherwin said.
Sherwin said Rochester authorities received multiple phone calls reporting gunfire about 2:15 p.m. Monday. Police arrived to find Gillmore shot in the head, and Ocegueda had allegedly emptied an entire 15-bullet clip at Jackson and Zachary.
Witnesses say a man matching Ocegueda’s description fired the shots while wearing a red bandana over his face, then fled the area on foot. Rochester police traced Ocegueda’s steps to a house in town, and people at the house -- which was later searched and held a handgun and clothing as described by witnesses of the shooting -- told investigators Ocegueda had fled 50 miles northeast to Faribault.
A standoff between Ocegueda and Faribault police began at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, and ended in his arrest about 6 a.m. after SWAT responders from Rice and Dakota counties fired tear gas into the residence in which Ocegueda was hiding.
“This potentially violent incident was unfortunate and certainly disruptive to the good residents of Faribault," said Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen. "Thankfully, it was resolved with great patience and the suspect was taken into custody without any injuries to civilians, law enforcement, bystanders and the subject wanted for questioning.”
Sherwin said the investigation will continue, and investigators haven’t ruled out the possibility of someone else being involved in the shooting.