Minnesota Man In ‘Ballistic Vest’ Rams, Then Opens Fire At Parked Vehicle
A 36-year-old man is under arrest in Chisago County after what law enforcement describes as him 'ramming a vehicle' with his own, then opening fire at that vehicle, all at a home in which a person had an order for protection against him, with the homeowner and children inside the home at the time. The man is now facing several charges stemming from the incident.
On March 28, 2022 at approximately 6:20 p.m., a Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Deputy served an Order for Protection (OFP) on Thomas NMN Goodwin, 36, at his residence in the City of North Branch. At approximately 6:56 p.m., the Chisago County Emergency Communications Center received a call from the petitioner of the OFP, stating that Goodwin had contacted her advising that he was going to come to see her at an address in Lent Township and expressed concern for her safety and other individuals that were in the home.
At 7:01 p.m. the Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from the homeowner in Lent Twp who advised that Goodwin had arrived at the residence and used his vehicle to ram another vehicle in the driveway, likely totaling it due to the force of the crash. Goodwin was said to then have exited his vehicle, armed with an AR-style rifle equipped with a suppressor, and was wearing a ballistic vest. Goodwin “immediately got out and shot at the vehicle, causing further damage,” and two bullet holes were observed by law enforcement at the scene. Witnesses said Goodwin continued to fire rounds at random as he approached the house, but no further casings were located. The petitioner of the OFP was not at the house at the time of this incident, but the homeowners and their children were.
Deputies arrived and witnessed Goodwin walking down the driveway where he was taken into custody without further incident. Goodwin was booked into the Chisago County Jail on multiple criminal offenses. Goodwin has been charged with Threats of Violence, Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree, Possession of a Suppressor – not Lawfully Possessed, Domestic Abuse – Violate Order for Protection, and Dangerous Weapons – Drive-by Shooting.
Chisago County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the North Branch Police Department, Wyoming, MN Police Department, Lakes Area Police Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol. Activated CCSO resources included SWAT, Drone, Investigations, and the Crisis Negotiations Team.
The vehicle that was hit by Goodwin's vehicle was likely totaled according to the Sheriff's Office.
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