The 28-year-old woman who was killed by her fiancé last week in Plymouth died from “complex homicidal violence” stemming from multiple gunshot wounds and sharp-force injuries, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.
Authorities and witnesses say Trisha Nelson was run down and fatally shot by Corey Perry, her partner of about seven years, in the middle of a busy Plymouth intersection Friday night. “Complex homicidal violence” means multiple types of injury caused the death.
Earlier that evening, Perry, 28, called Nelson to pick him up from a bar in Minneapolis. As they neared the apartment they shared, Nelson fled the car and Perry pursued and fatally shot her near the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Rockford Road. He later died during a shootout with police.
Minnesota court records do not show a history of domestic abuse arrests or restraining orders involving the couple, but friends say it was clear something was wrong.
Nelson’s friends and family members say she was thinking about leaving him before the events on Friday unfolded. They say Perry was controlling, as well as verbally and emotionally abusive.
Attorney Michael Padden, who was representing Perry in an appeal of a terroristic threats conviction for an incident involving a handgun, said Perry had been drinking at an Uptown Minneapolis bar Friday afternoon with his father and brother. After a dispute with a valet, he called Nelson to pick him up. He was agitated and had been drinking — a violation of the terms of his probation.