ST. PAUL, Minn. - A 29-year-old Woodbury man is charged with attempted murder in the alleged shooting of a former high school classmate at a popular St. Paul hockey bar Friday.
Prosecutors say Patrick Timothy Juetten shot the victim on a patio outside Tom Reid's after a heated exchange.
Officers were called to the bar at 258 West 7th on reports of a person who had been shot in the chest. When St. Paul Police arrived they found the victim laying on the floor of the bar, and he was able to tell them that the man who shot him was Juetten. The man was then rushed to Regions Hospital.
The victim told investigators that Juetten, a former high school classmate and hockey teammate, had called him out of the blue and the two agreed to meet at Tom Reid's. He told them that Juetten was trying to pass himself off as a cop, wearing a fake badge on a lanyard and carrying a handgun, and saying that he wanted to rob drug dealers. The victim says Juetten tried to talk him into participating in the scheme but he refused, using profanity.
At that time, the defendant allegedly raised the weapon and fired from two feet away.
The bullet pierced the victim's lung, broke a rib, and severely damaged his liver.
Police later found Juetten at a hotel with his girlfriend not far from their apartment. In a interview he told detectives that he had been drinking heavily and gave his keys to a stranger so he could get cigarettes out of Juetten's car. He claims the stranger came back with the handgun that was stashed in his car, and later shot the victim. Juetten insists he panicked and fled from the scene.