Murder charges filed against Brooklyn Center man in September shooting


Assault charges filed against a Brooklyn Center man have been amended to murder as a result of the victim dying from the gunshot wound, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Sherman Alexander, 31, is now charged with three counts of murder in the shooting death of Jenna Rae Heilman, 28, of Minneapolis. Heilman, who had been in critical condition since the incident, died Saturday due to complications from her injuries. Alexander is also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint, just before 2 am. on Sept. 5, an off duty Minneapolis police officer working at the Pour House Bar heard gun shots from the surface lot on Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue. He saw Alexander shooting toward a group of people. The officer also saw Alexander run through the lot as he continued shooting.

The officer chased after Alexander and eventually caught him trying to hide in the back seat of a white Subaru. The officer ordered Alexander from the car and arrested him. A .45 caliber handgun was found on the floor of the backseat, the complaint states.

The officer spoke with a man, identified as J.S., who may have been the intended target of the shooting. He and Heilman, who was his girlfriend, had been inside Pour House when someone from Alexander’s group attempted to steal a bottle of alcohol off their table. A physical fight ensued and J.S. and Heilman left the bar. J.S. reported that when he and Heilman were getting into their car multiple shots rang out and he saw someone running toward them, according to the complaint.

Officers investigating the scene found a bullet hole in J.S.’s car and recovered at least 10 discharged shell casings from the parking lot. A witness stated that when he was leaving the Pour House, he saw Alexander pull a gun from his waistband, according to the complaint.

Alexander has been in custody since the incident. The prosecution is requesting bail of $1 million.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)