Woman charged in Hubbard County shootings
The suspect in Monday's shooting of two Park Rapids men was charged Wednesday in Hubbard County District Court.
Stephanie Ann Wehmas, 20, of Park Rapids, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Wehmas is accused of shooting 18-year-old Cody Allen Paulson and 21-year-old Jason Howard Walker with a 22-caliber rifle. Paulson suffered a wound to his upper left thigh and Walker was shot in his left hand. They both were treated at St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids.
According to the criminal complaint, Wehmas, who is Paulson's ex-girlfriend, confronted the two men shortly after 1 a.m. Monday outside a residence on the 11300 block of Jade Rose Drive in Clover Township, about 12 miles north of Park Rapids.
The incident started when Paulson's girlfriend, Candace Crouse, went outside at about 1 a.m. and saw someone crouching by the vehicles, according to the complaint. The hidden person, later identified as Wehmas, asked about Paulson's whereabouts and then fired a gunshot at Crouse as she ran inside the residence.
Paulson then went outside to his vehicle thinking that Wehmas had left the area. Wehmas confronted him, according to the complaint.
Standing just a few feet from Paulson, Wehmas pointed a rifle at him and said, "I am going to shoot you," according to the complaint. Paulson attempted to grab the barrel of the gun, but Wehmas shot him in the leg.
The bullet just missed his femoral artery, according to the complaint.
After shooting Paulson, Wehmas shot at Walker and struck him in the hand, severing part of his index finger, according to the complaint. Bullet fragments also struck his chest.
She continued shooting at Walker, but the bullets hit the building behind him, according to the complaint.
Wehmas then left the scene with a second rifle, tossed the first rifle into the woods and left the scene in a blue Honda Civic, according to the complaint.
The vehicle was later located by a Minnesota State Patrol trooper near Osage, in Becker County, according to the complaint.
She drove into the Smokey Hills area and onto a logging trail before getting her vehicle stuck. When back-up officers arrived, they approached her vehicle and Wehmas fired a gun at them through the rear window, breaking that window, according to the complaint.
Officers awaited further back-up and Wehmas was arrested a few hours later without further incident.
A 30.06 rifle and spent cartridge were recovered from her vehicle, according to the complaint.
The attempted murder charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The first-degree assault charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon carries a maximum sentenced of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine,