Postal Worker Charged with Firing Shots at Federal Reserve Bank in Downtown Minneapolis

Christopher Douglas Wood Photo: Hennepin County
Christopher Douglas Wood

August 24, 2018 01:21 PM

A 43-year-old postal worker from St. Paul has been charged with one count of dangerous weapons-reckless discharge of a firearm and two counts of first-degree damage to property after authorities say he fired a 12-gauge shotgun at the Federal Reserve Bank building in downtown Minneapolis on July 21.

The criminal complaint alleges Christopher Douglas Wood fired the shots between 10 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. from near the roof at the Minneapolis Central Post Office while a Minneapolis Aquatennial fireworks display was occurring.


Federal Reserve Law Enforcement authorities reportedly removed three shotgun slugs from the bank building. The slugs reportedly caused a total of $40,242 in damage.

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According to the complaint, a U.S. Postal Inspector confirmed Wood is an employee of the Minneapolis Central Post Office, and that he arrived at his parking spot at 3:16 p.m. on July 20, though his shift did not begin until 4 p.m.

That inspector also allegedly confirmed Wood was firing "some sort of improvised gun made from PVC from the parking ramp" that afternoon before his shift.

The complaint states the inspector also confirmed Wood ended his shift at 10 p.m. on July 21, but his white sedan did not leave the parking ramp until 11:15 p.m.

The Federal Reserve Law Enforcement agency used a laser devise to estimate the trajectory of one of the shotgun shells. According to the complaint, the laser device indicated the slug originated from the Post Office parking ramp, one floor below the roof of the building.

The complaint goes on to state Long was arrested as he left his apartment on Monday. Authorities then executed a search warrant on his apartment and allegedly found a 12-gauge shotgun underneath his bed, as well as a wide assortment of ammunition - in particular at least one Federal-brand 12-gauge shotgun slug cartridge.

They also reportedly found literature, including a work entitled "End the Fed," which references a movement critical of the federal reserve bank.


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