Minneapolis police scientist’s shooting was committed by his ex-lover, girlfriend – Twin Cities

A St. Paul man and his girlfriend are charged with attempting to kill the mother of his 5-year-old son outside a supervised parenting center last month in Minneapolis.

Timothy A. Amacher, 41, and Colleen P. Larson, 24, were arrested Thursday and in Hennepin County District Court Monday on charges of attempted first-degree premeditated murder in connection with the April 20 shooting of Nicole Lenway, 33 years old. . Lenway works as a medical examiner for the Minneapolis police.

Amacher also faces one count of aiding an offender and being an accomplice after the fact.

Lenway has full custody of the child she has with Amacher and a court order limits her visits with the boy to supervised contact, according to the criminal complaint. At the time of the shooting, Amacher was with the child waiting for Lenway.


According to the complaint, Lenway was outside of his vehicle in FamilyWise’s parking lot at 3036 University Ave. SE when Larson approached her and fired several shots at close range just after 7:30 p.m. Lenway was hit in the neck and right forearm. . She remains hospitalized, but is expected to survive.

Surveillance footage shows Larson pulling into the parking lot of Amacher’s 2022 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Larson, who was dressed in black and wearing gloves and a mask, exits the truck and sneaks up behind Lenway with a raised gun, according to the complaint.

The shooting took place off-camera, but surveillance footage also shows Larson “searching the scene” before the shooting, according to the complaint.

When investigators spoke with Amacher about who might have shot Lenway, he suggested it was related to his work with the Minneapolis police.


GPS and cellphone location data from the vehicle shows that three hours before the shooting, Larson and Amacher swapped vehicles at White Bear Lake, where he works as a tae kwon do instructor, the complaint states. Amacher drove to the Parent Center, while Larson drove to their St. Paul home in the Dodge Ram and then to the Parent Center. She returned home after the shooting.

Amacher’s relationship with Lenway was marked by domestic violence, harassment and harassment, according to the charges. From 2019 to 2022, Amacher made numerous false claims that Lenway and her boyfriend abused the child. A social worker told police the boy said he was instructed by Amacher to lie about the abuse.

Investigators also learned that in February 2022, Amacher asked an acquaintance to kill Lenway for $50,000, according to the complaint.

Amacher and Larson remained jailed Monday. They are due to make their first court appearance on the charges on Tuesday.

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