Woodbury PD Provided Support During Cottage Grove Shooting

A man apparently shot his estranged wife before he shot himself at a strip mall in Cottage Grove on Oct. 25.

As Cottage Grove police were dealing with last week’s shooting that left one woman dead, their counterparts in Woodbury helped secure the perimeter of the scene and responded to other calls in the neighboring city.

Woodbury officers assisted Cottage Grove police for about an hour and a half during the afternoon of Oct. 25, when a woman was apparently shot by her estranged husband at Jimmy John’s near Highway 61 and 80th Street. He shot himself and died a short time later at Regions Hospital.

Local police and fire departments “have really strong mutual aid cooperation,” said Woodbury police spokeswoman Michelle Okada.

If a serious situation had occurred in Woodbury at that time, officers in other cities would have been deployed here, Okada said.

“It’s just situational,” she said.

The incident last week happened at about 3:30 p.m., not a typically busy time for Woodbury police, Okada said.

The victim, Tensia Richard, 22, of Cottage Grove, ran through the parking lot of the strip mall as her husband, Chevel Richard, shot at her, according to a Star Tribune report.

She had been part of the Lethality Assessment Program, according to the Pioneer Press, and was at risk to be harmed by Chevel, who had a history of domestic violence. They had two children together.

No one else was hurt in the incident, the Star Tribune reported.


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