St. Paul police: Man in jail ‘on suspicion of murder’ following woman’s death Friday

St. Paul officers booked a man into the Ramsey County Jail in connection to a woman’s death early Friday morning, according to a press release.

Officers went to the 200 block of Fifth Street East just before 3 a.m. Friday for what they originally believed to be a “suicide in progress.”

Police say officers found a woman unconscious, not breathing and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound when they arrived.

Medics then determined the woman was dead.

Officers also encountered a 44-year-old man at the scene. Investigators interviewed the man before detaining him “on suspicion of murder,” although police did not say what led them to believe the death was a homicide.

Police have not released additional details as of posting. Information about the woman and her official cause of death will be released at an unspecified time by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Check back for updates as 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS monitors the case.

Here is a list of suicide prevention and mental health resources:

If you believe someone is at risk of suicide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests you:

  • Ask questions about whether the individual is having suicidal thoughts.
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Seek help from a medical or mental health professional. If it is an emergency situation, take the person to a hospital.
  • Remove any objects from a person’s home that could be potentially used in a suicide.
  • Do not leave the person alone, if possible, until help is available.

The U.S. National Suicide Prevention organization has also compiled a list of resources to help with coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.