A Minnesota man was arrested following a 10-hour standoff for allegedly murdering his ex-wife five days after she remarried.
Robbinsdale Police officers responded to a report that a man had murdered his ex-wife at a residence on the 3400 block of Grimes Avenue at about 9:15 a.m. on Friday, June 18, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said.
Officers found a woman later identified as Lauri Deatherage, 48, on the floor of the master bedroom with a gunshot wound to her head. A discharged cartridge casing and a projectile were found near her body, police said.
Officers went to McCloud’s residence on the 6200 block of Unity Avenue North in Brooklyn Center, where a 10-hour standoff ensued, WCCO-TV reports.
McCloud told negotiators at the scene: “They’re gonna know they caught themselves a murderer and saved a suicide” and “plan was to take care of business with [victim] then myself but I took care of business with her and I left,” according to the criminal complaint.
McCloud was taken into custody at about 9 p.m. on June 18.
Officers searched McCloud's home and found a pistol with a magazine and a live cartridge in the chamber, and other ammunition; a key to Deatherage's home; and clothing with "blood-like substance" on it, according to the criminal complaint.
McCloud allegedly mailed flash drives to unidentified family members before the shooting. One flash drive contained video of McCloud saying he planned to commit suicide, and “that he knew it was wrong to involve Victim, but that Victim had just remarried and he wasn’t going to let ‘that hillbilly’ get all his stuff and his wife,” according to the criminal complaint.