ST. PAUL — A Blaine man faces three felony charges for a shooting incident that occurred just prior to an officer-involved shooting in St. Paul on November 6. Alize Jovon Cleaves, 24, is charged with assault and discharging a weapon at an occupied vehicle. Cleaves was released from the hospital into Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) custody this morning and is currently in the Ramsey County jail.
Cleaves was in the fuel pumps area of the gas station at 500 7th St. E. in St. Paul at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday when he began shooting at a vehicle that had multiple people inside as the vehicle was departing the gas station. No one in the vehicle was injured by the gunfire.
A Deputy U.S. Marshal who had stopped to refuel his vehicle witnessed the ongoing incident. At one point the Deputy U.S. Marshal discharged his firearm, striking Cleaves. Cleaves was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The US Marshal was not injured. The identity of the Deputy U.S. Marshal is being withheld under Minn. Stat. 13.82, subd. 17 (a).
BCA crime scene personnel recovered a gun from near where Cleaves was injured. Security camera video captured portions of the incident.
The BCA investigations into both shooting incidents are ongoing. When the BCA’s investigation of the officer involved shooting is complete, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review.
The St. Paul Police Department provided assistance at the scene.