Brooklyn Park man charged in wounding of two outside Minneapolis bar

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Brooklyn Park man was charged with aggravated assault for wounding two people outside a Minneapolis bar, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Derrell Valentine Johnson, 37, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of felon in possession of a handgun. He is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint, early Tuesday morning, the first victim was at the Broadway Bar & Grille, 200 W. Broadway Ave., when he encountered Johnson.  Johnson became angry with him because he thought the victim was trying to talk to Johnson’s “girl.”

The victim left the bar and walked to a nearby tavern. When he returned to the Broadway Bar & Grille just before 1 a.m., Johnson was in the alley, the complaint states. Johnson pulled out a gun and shot him twice, breaking an arm and a leg.

Johnson then fired at other people, striking a second victim in the back. That man said he had not been in the bar, but was just walking by when the shooting started, according to the complaint.

A Minneapolis police officer, who had been called to the Broadway Bar & Grille about 10 minutes earlier on reports of a fight, was in the bar when he heard the gunshots. He ran outside, saw the two victims on the ground and saw Johnson run when he noticed an approaching police car. The officer chased him on foot and got him when Johnson tripped and fell, the complaint states.

Investigators recovered 12 discharged cartridge casings from the bar’s parking lot and recovered a handgun along the route taken by the fleeing Johnson.