34-year-old James Frei, a shoplifting suspect who was caught on surveillance camera in a Walmart store on University Avenue in St. Paul, Wisconsin, is now facing three felony charges for pointing a loaded gun at the face of a St. Paul police officer, Michael Tschida, who was off duty.
Officer Tschida approached the suspect in the entry of the store while he was trying to get out the Walmart with stolen clothes and electronics. The officer confronted Frei, and during the confrontation, he pulled his gun and pointed it in the officer’s face. The officer then slapped the gun away from his face, spun away and drew his own firearm. Frei fled the store and got into a pickup truck in the parking lot. Officer Tschida opened fire, hitting the truck several times.
The police followed Frei on an 8-mile chase and he was later apprehended after he crashed his truck into a parked SUV in the 1600 block of Edmund Avenue and tried to escape on foot. The police also confiscated his loaded 9 mm. The officer is now on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting
Frei faces three felony charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree assault of an officer with a gun, and fleeing police. If convicted, he could face more than 20 years in prison.