Minneapolis man charged with second-degree murder


A Minneapolis man was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Chris Scott, AKA Marcell Scott, 39, was charged in the death of Travis Tyler Washington, 30. Scott was also charged with possession of a firearm, from which he is prohibited as a result of a prior conviction for assault in the first-degree from May 2001.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 16 at approximately 11:13 p.m. Minneapolis police officers responded to a report of shots fired at a residence on 35th Street & Knox Avenue North. Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses who said they heard gun shots inside the house and observed two men leaving out the front door. While outside speaking with these witnesses, officers heard a female screaming. She ran outside with a baby in her arms and said her boyfriend had been shot. The woman said she had just arrived home and was surprised to see the front door open. She walked in and found Washington lying in a pool of blood.

Officers entered the residence and observed Washington on the dining room floor with multiple bullet wounds in his back and one to his face. Washington was declared dead at the scene. The crime lab recovered numerous shell casings at the scene and processed for fingerprints. One of the fingerprints lifted matched Scott.

J.D., the first man seen leaving the crime scene, spoke with officers and said he was with Scott and the victim that night. J.D. stated that Scott drove them to the victim’s house and they all went inside. Scott and the victim began arguing. Scott pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot the victim multiple times. J.D. stated that he and Scott then left the residence and got into Scott’s car, a burgundy colored Cadillac with distinctive striping down the side. Officers viewed city street cameras and confirmed a vehicle matching the description of Scott’s car left the area near the victim’s house at approximately 11.16 p.m.  

On June 18, officers apprehended Scott driving his vehicle in Minneapolis. A search warrant was executed at the residence Scott shares with his father. Officers recovered 9mm ammunition from the apartment as well as a Glock 99mm handgun from Scott’s father’s car.

The medical examiner conducted an autopsy on the victim and identified 10 bullet wounds throughout the body. The victim was shot in his back, torso, both legs and in his face. Cause of death was determined to be a result of multiple gunshot wounds and his manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Criminal complaint (PDF)