A man is accused of killing his wife after an argument over lack of sex before going on a shooting rampage finishing in a stand off with police.
Jason Michael Mesich is alleged to have gunned down partner Angela Lynn Mesich, 47, in their garage before shooting two sisters, aged 12 and 29, in a neighbouring home.
The 48-year-old faces three second degree murder charges and could be handed a maximum of 80 years in prison if convicted.
Police were called to Mesich’s home in Bloomington, Minneapolis, at 11pm on Sunday in response to reports of gunshots, said the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, reports CBS Minnesota.
On arrival, officers said they could hear shots being fired from inside the property and found Mesich’s wife’s body in the detached garage.
She’d been shot multiple times in the neck and torso.
The gunman then allegedly engaged in a standoff with cops, firing an estimated 40 rounds, before they were able to enter the home and found him in the basement where he continued to discharge his weapon.
After Mesich surrendered, police were told next door neighbours Makayla Saulter-Outlaw, 12, and Canisha Saulter, 29, had been injured – with the former shot in the head and in a critical condition.
The elder sibling had numerous gunshot wounds in her legs and hip and her condition remains serious.
According to their family, the sisters were helping to load up a moving truck when Mesich appeared and fired at them, with Makayla shielding her sister’s one-year-old child.
The accused is reported to have later told police he has little memory of the incident, apart from that he had rowed with his wife about sex and then “probably” retrieved his gun from the house.
He claimed she tried to hit him, before he struck her in the collarbone before likely emptying the gun on her.
Mesich went on to tell investigators he “hated all children” and that his neighbours were bad.
Multiple firearms were discovered in the house, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.