A 43-year-old Minneapolis U.S. Postal Service worker was charged with several crimes in Hennepin County District Court on Wednesday, Aug. 22. He now faces property damage, attempted bodily harm and reckless discharge of a firearm charges.
Officers with Minneapolis Police Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team were led to the man's apartment on Monday, Aug. 20 by piecing together clues in a shooting case. They believe that the U.S. Postal Service employee was the person responsible for shooting from the roof of the city's main post office in the direction of the Federal Reserve Bank across the street on July 21.
Most nights, people wouldn't be congregating nearby either building around 10:15 p.m., when the incident occurred. There were hundreds gathered around that evening, though, to celebrate the city's Aquatennial with fireworks. The bank building that the man is accused of shooting in the direction of is also open 24 hours and many people were inside working at the time.
Several of the shots penetrated the bank's exterior and interior office walls, coming eerily close to where employees were working. Estimates show that there was as much as $40,000 in damages caused during the incident.
Investigators didn't have any real good leads on who was responsible for the incident until an astute postal inspector saw the defendant shooting an improvised PVC gun along the ramp before his shift one day. Postal inspectors were also able to determine that the man didn't leave their facility until 11:15 p.m., on the evening of the shooting, more than an hour after he was scheduled to get off work.
Federal Reserve Law Enforcement investigators later used lasers to track the trajectory of the shots that night. They were able to determine that they came from the exact spot where the worker parked his car on a ramp at the postal facility.
Police searching the man's apartment recovered several guns, counterfeit money and literature related to the "End the Fed" movement, one that aims to do away with the Federal Reserve.
He's since been released on bail. He's next due to appear in court in October.
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