A St. Paul police officer who shot and wounded a man over the weekend also was involved in a fatal police shooting last year.
Officer Mark Farrington, a 12-year veteran of the Police Department, shot at Reginald Sutherlin, 53, Sunday as police say Sutherlin drove a vehicle at him near N. Earl Street and E. Geranium Avenue. Sutherlin was struck in his lower rear torso and crashed in an alley about a mile away. After he was arrested, he was taken to Regions Hospital and, later, to jail, police said.
On Tuesday, Sutherlin was charged with abusing and threatening his ex-girlfriend.
Farrington, who was not injured in Sunday’s incident, is on three-day administrative leave, which is standard in such incidents.
Farrington was one of four officers involved in the shooting of Victor T. Gaddy, the 41-year-old man who was shot and killed by police after they said he tried to ram squad cars during a drug stop last October. In March, a Ramsey County grand jury declined to pursue charges against the officers involved in the fatal shooting.
According to personnel records, Farrington, who currently works for the Eastern District, was orally reprimanded by superiors for three different incidents during his time with the department including: hitting another squad car in an accident last October, smashing into a stop sign while in pursuit of a suspect in February 2006, and striking a car as he was backing out of parking space in 2003. He has received numerous commendations and thank you letters during his time with the department as well.
Sutherlin was charged in Ramsey County District Court with two counts of aggravated stalking, two counts of terroristic threats and felony domestic assault.
According to the criminal complaint, last month Sutherlin approached his former girlfriend at a laundromat near her home and accused her of having his cellphone. When she said that she didn’t have it, Sutherlin allegedly punched the dryer near her head and yelled, “I’m going to kill you!”
Later that night, the woman said Sutherlin waited for her outside her home in the 700 block of Jessie Street and grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the head before throwing her to the ground. That same day Sutherlin allegedly threatened the woman’s 15-year-old son at their home and told him as he left, “I’m going to come back and beat everyone in this house!”
According to the criminal complaint, Sutherlin also strangled and punched his ex-girlfriend in other instances. Sutherlin told investigators that he had a problematic relationship with the woman and that she had pushed and punched him and then called 911 when he was visiting another woman. He accused his ex of setting him up. Sutherlin said he knew he had a warrant out for his arrest “Because I was supposed to have beat her up and threw her down.”