Woman sentenced for charge stemming from fatal I-94 shooting

A Brooklyn Center woman will serve time at the Hennepin County Workhouse and on supervised probation after pleading guilty to one count of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.

Takesha Deadwyler, 43, was charged after a shooting on Interstate 94 in Brooklyn Center that resulted in the death of her father, 62-year-old Melvin Troy.

Deadwyler was initially charged with one count of first-degree manslaughter and one count of second-degree manslaughter but took a plea deal in Oct. 2022. In exchange, the manslaughter charge was dismissed.

Online court records show Deadwyler was sentenced to serve two years of supervised probation in Hennepin County, spend six days at the Hennepin County Workhouse. She must also do 80 hours of community service instead of spending time in confinement. The maximum sentence for reckless discharge of a firearm is a two-year sentence, according to court documents.

As previously reported, officers were called to eastbound I-94 and 53rd Avenue North shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. When police arrived, they found Troy with a gunshot wound to his head. He later died.

Others present at the scene included Troy’s daughter Deadwyler, another man, a 16-year-old girl and a four-year-old girl. A handgun and a single discharged casing were also found at the scene near Troy’s body.

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After police spoke with Deadwyler and the other witnesses, they learned that they were all in a car with Troy when an argument broke out between Troy and the man. The argument reportedly escalated and became physical, with the man and Troy slapping and hitting each other, according to the complaint.

Deadwyler was driving the vehicle at the time. She then pulled the car over, and the man, Troy and Deadwyler got out of the car.

Once they were outside the car, Deadwyler told police she had a bullet loaded in the chamber of the gun she was carrying and at one point, the gun “accidentally” went off while she was allegedly trying to separate the other two.