Man charged with 2nd-degree murder in fatal Frogtown shooting

Police have arrested and charged a suspect in connection to a fatal shooting in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood this week.

St. Paul police said 20-year-old Tisen Doverspike-Wiggins was arrested Thursday in connection to the death of Erick Stevens.

Stevens was found after police responded to a reported shooting along the 700 block of Edmund Avenue at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a criminal complaint, Stevens was found with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Aid was rendered at the scene and he was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died, the complaint states.

Surveillance video from a neighboring residence also captured the sound of a gunshot, the complaint states. Officers also photographed a footprint on the deck of the residence.

Officers spoke with a witness at the scene who said Stevens and Doverspike-Wiggins knew each other. That person reportedly said they were inside the kitchen of the residence when Doverspike-Wiggins asked to see Stevens’ gun. Stevens gave the gun to Doverspike-Wiggins, who said he would shoot Stevens if he stepped toward him, the complaint states. Doverspike-Wiggins then shot Stevens in the chest, according to the complaint.

Another person who admitted to knowing Doverspike-Wiggins said Doverspike-Wiggins had previously received a call from a friend that Stevens was going to ask him for money and said that Doverspike-Wiggins threatened to beat Stevens up as a result.

Investigators learned that during a Facetime call with a family member, Doverspike-Wiggins admitted to the shooting, the complaint states.

Investigators then executed a search warrant at Doverspike-Wiggins’ apartment and found shoes that matched the tread of the footprint left on the Edmund Avenue residence deck.

Officers were also called to the 500 block of Charles Avenue on Wednesday, after receiving a report of a handgun in the area. Upon arrival, officers learned a woman working in a community garden had found the handgun, with an extended magazine, beneath a pile of metal wire.

Analysis of a casing found at the Edmund Avenue shooting scene matched the recovered handgun casing.

Doverspike-Wiggins has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder—one with intent, not premeditated, and one without intent while committing a felony—in connection with the incident.

The incident marked the 15th homicide in St. Paul this year.

A first court appearance date for Doverspike-Wiggins has not yet been set.