- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Wisconsin man pointed a weapon inches from a police officer’s face in St. Paul last weekend.

Thirty-four-year-old James Frei of Tomah, Wisconsin, was charged Tuesday with possession of a firearm, second-degree assault and fleeing a police officer.

Police say Officer Michael Tschida (CHEE’-dah) was working off-duty at a Walmart Sunday and confronted Frei after suspecting he was shoplifting.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1GFTEe9 ) reports security camera footage shows Frei pointing a gun in Tschida’s face.

According to the complaint, Tschida slapped the gun away and drew his own weapon. Frei ran to a pickup and pointed a gun at Tschida a second time.

Police say Tschida fired several rounds. No one was hurt.

Frei crashed after a brief chase. He’s due back in court July 20.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com

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