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2nd Degree Murder Charges in Rockville Shooting Case

10/25/2012 - 2:30 AM

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2nd Degree Murder Charges in Rockville Shooting Case
Marcus Barshaw charged with 2nd degree murder in Stearns County, photograph from 2009 arrest

A Walker, Minnesota man has been charged with one count of second degree murder in the death of a Rockville man last Sunday.

The Stearns County Attorney’s Office has charged 28-year-old Marcus Michael Barshaw in the shooting death of 30-year-old Jeffery Schultz. The Attorney’s office says that preliminary autopsy results indicate that Schultz was shot six times, with possibly two additional fired rounds hitting Schultz’s clothing.

According to the statement of probable cause, on Saturday night a woman was contacted by Barshaw via Facebook and asked to pick him up from Walker. When the woman arrived at his apartment Barshaw placed items in the trunk of her vehicle. The woman knows that he typically carried a firearm and would often put the firearm(s) in the trunk of her car. When they arrived in Rockville, she asked Barshaw to stay in the car as she went and talked to Schultz. Schultz did not want Barshaw at his residence and they got into an argument. Sometime after that Barshaw and the woman went into a recreational vehicle (RV) that was parked in the backyard and Barshaw was seen bringing two firearms into the RV. While they were in the RV Schultz approached the door and an argument between Schultz and Barshaw began. The woman then stepped out of the vehicle to talk to Schultz and then Barshaw stepped out of the RV holding the “bigger gun” and shot Schultz several times as he was trying to run way.

Barshaw was later found hiding in a nearby apartment building. He was then shot by a Stearns County deputy after he came out of the apartment holding what was believed to be an assault rifle and a pistol. Barshaw did not put down his weapons after a Sheriff’s deputy ordered him to.

Barshaw is currently receiving medical treatment and remains in the custody of the Stearns County Sheriff’s office. The Stearns County Attorney’s office will schedule Barshaw’s initial court date once he’s has been released from the hospital. The investigation is still ongoing.