A Roseville, Minnesota, man is in custody at the Carlton County Jail after allegedly firing a handgun at least seven times inside a Cloquet apartment building. No one was hurt during the incident.
Todd Richard LaDoucer, 53, was arrested and charged with first-degree damage to property and two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety after allegedly firing a handgun at least seven times, including into a shared wall with a neighboring apartment, according to the criminal complaint.
The Cloquet Police Department responded to a disturbance in the early morning hours Friday, Feb. 19, at an apartment building on Sahlman Avenue in Cloquet.
Upon entering the building, an officer observed LaDoucer carrying a handgun, the complaint said. The officer was able to subdue and disarm LaDoucer.
In the subsequent investigation, detectives found multiple shots had been fired into a wall shared with another apartment. Officers found four holes in the wall. Rounds traveled through at least one room of the apartment and passed near the foot of a bed where a person was sleeping, the complaint said.
While they were at the scene, officers received a report that another bullet had struck a neighboring building. A round entered through a window and passed over a bed were a child was sleeping at the time, the complaint said.
Officers discovered evidence of seven shots fired in the apartment and two unfired rounds in the bedroom where the shooting occurred, according to the criminal complaint.
Officers said LaDoucer appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant at the time of the incident.
LaDoucer was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felon in possession of ammunition. LaDoucer is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a 1990 conviction for second-degree arson.
The damage to property and firearms discharge charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both. Each possession charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both.
Bail for LaDoucer was set at $100,000. As of Monday, Feb. 22, he was in custody at the Carlton County Jail. His next court hearing was scheduled for Monday, March 1.