Roseville man charged in connection with fatal shooting on St. Paul's Grand Avenue

Roseville man charged in connection with fatal shooting on St. Paul's Grand Avenue Photo: Ramsey County.

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: September 30, 2020 12:24 PM
Created: September 30, 2020 10:59 AM

A Roseville man has been charged in connection with a shooting that left another man dead early Sunday in St. Paul.

Demond Adante Dawson, 23, has been charged with second-degree murder with intent, not premeditated; second-degree murder via a drive-by shooting; and second-degree attempted murder with intent, not premeditated.


The St. Paul Police Department reported officers were called to the 800 block of Grand Avenue just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday on a report of shots fired. There, they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and another suffered injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

St. Paul police on Monday identified the victim who died at the scene as 29-year-old Albert Dwayne Stevens.

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A criminal complaint details the following:

Stevens allegedly got into a verbal argument with people inside a Pontiac in the area. When the driver of the Pontiac made a U-turn, Stevens walked across the street and continued the argument. The other individual with Stevens attempted to stop the argument and convince Stevens to walk away from the Pontiac.

Shots were fired, hitting both Stevens and the other person with him. The driver of the Pontiac drove away from the scene.

A witness at the scene confirmed Dawson was driving the Pontiac and said Dawson and others the witness knew from high school had been inside Billy's on Grand earlier Saturday night. The witness said Dawson and Stevens were arguing at the time shots were fired.

Officers were able to locate Dawson and took him into custody. While conducting a search of Dawson's Roseville apartment, officers found a permit to carry a firearm.

Officers also spoke with a man who was in the Pontiac when Dawson was arrested. When asked what type of gun Dawson had, the man told officers he didn't want to say in case he incorrectly described it, but told officers they could describe it as a .387 caliber handgun. Officers had found three .380 casings on the ground by Stevens' body at the scene along Grand Avenue.

During an interview in the ICU with a person with Stevens who had been shot in the leg during the incident, that person said they were standing by Stevens' car outside Billy's on Grand when someone inside the Pontiac yelled something that upset Stevens. Stevens showed the Pontiac's driver a handgun as they were arguing. Once the driver of the Pontiac made a U-turn and Stevens approached the vehicle, the driver reportedly shot at Stevens and the other person through the open window.

Officers recovered Stevens' 9mm handgun after it had been taken from the scene.

The Ramsey County medical examiner concluded Stevens died due to a perforated lung and heart and that the cause of death was exsanguination due to those perforations. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Dawson's first court appearance was Wednesday.

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