New Details Emerge in Deadly St. Paul Birthday Party Shooting

Updated: 01/28/2014 2:21 PM
Created: 01/28/2014 2:14 PM
By: Megan Stewart

New information about the Frogtown shooting that killed a St. Paul man over the weekend has been released.

Two suspects were arrested Monday in connection to a murder that stemmed from a dispute at a birthday party, police said.

St. Paul Police said they arrested 21-year-old Damonte Ivory Jones of St. Paul and 24-year-old Lee Vester Paul Drake Rhodes of Bloomington in connection to the death of 32-year-old Prince Miles Pope, of St. Paul.

A second victim who was stabbed during the incident was identified as 27-year-old Rico Jackson of St. Paul.

On Sunday around 2 a.m., St. Paul police officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 560 Van Buren West, according to a criminal complaint. When officers arrived on the scene, a witness was yelling, "He's shot. He's in the back yard shot," the complaint said.

There were numerous people on all three levels of the house and there were used shell casings in the hallway, the complaint said.

Police then encountered Jackson, who had been stabbed three times; once in his chest, leg and abdomen, the complaint said. He was still conscious and able to walk, according to police.

He was transported to Regions Hospital, where he had surgery, police said.

Police interviewed him at the hospital. Jackson said he was celebrating his brother, Pope's, birthday in the basement of the home on Van Buren when his little sister arrived with Rhodes and Jones, her boyfriend, the complaint said.

The sister was wearing dark glasses to cover a black eye, the complaint said.

Jackson said he saw Jones try to sucker punch Pope when Pope confronted him about his sister's injury, the complaint said. A fight between Pope, Jones and Jackson broke out, Jones said in the interview.

Police also interviewed Jones. According to the criminal complaint, Jones said he was about to leave the party after being confronted about the black eye when he was attacked by a family member. Jones said he and Rhodes ran from the house to a different house down the street and were pounding on the door when they heard gunshots, the complaint said.

Later in the interview, Jones said Rhodes admitted to stabbing Jackson and he believed the knife had been dumped somewhere outside, the complaint said. Jones said he and Rhodes then went to Rhode's girlfriend's house in Bloomington.

Rhodes later denied being interviewed by police, the complaint said.

A photo of the crime scene early Sunday morning.
Photo: KSTP/File

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