Hastings man, 34, fatally shot after ice cream run - KMSP-TV

Hastings man, 34, fatally shot after ice cream run

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HASTINGS, Minn. (KMSP) -

It's the first murder Hastings police have had to solve in 10 years, but although no one is currently in custody, Fox 9 News has learned of a recent arrest that shows there was trouble before the shooting.

The case began when police responded to a call of shots fired just before 10 p.m. Sunday on the 1200 block of Eddy Street near Emily's Bakery and Deli. When police arrived, they found a man in his 30s laying the front yard, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Hastings police identified the man as 34-year-old Jason Reuter on Tuesday, and they say he was shot and killed in his own yard after he went to get ice cream for his 6-year-old son. Investigators also said the shooting did not appear to be random. In fact, there were signs of trouble before the fatal violence.

Investigators say they are currently tracking several persons of interest, and one of those people is certainly interesting. The father of Reuter's girlfriend, Timothy Gaughan, was arrested on charges of making terroristic threats against Reuter. According to investigators, Gaughan left numerous threatening phone messages prior to Reuter's death.

Even so, police will not describe him as an official suspect in Reuter's homicide. Rather, detectives say they have several persons of interest they are considering. Reuter does have a criminal history of that includes domestic violence and aggravated robbery, but neighbors and friends remember him fondly.

Police added that they do not believe there is any risk to the public while they continue their investigation.

 

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