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'Stupid, Redneck Stuff' Results in Felony Weapons Charges for Two Stillwater Men

Two Stillwater men face felony weapons charges after allegedly shooting at street signs with a .40 Glock handgun as they drove from Stillwater to Hugo and back.

Two Stillwater men face felony weapons charges after participating in actions one suspect described to police as “stupid, redneck stuff.”

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office just after 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 responded to a report that occupants of a vehicle had just fired several shots while driving in the 10000 block of Myeron Road North in Stillwater Township.

A witness told the deputy that he was outside with his dog when he saw an occupant in a vehicle—that was traveling northbound on Myeron Road at approximately 50 mph—fire six or seven shots from a firearm in the direction of his neighbor’s home.

When deputies checked the area, one officer located five .40 caliber shell casings on the roadway in the 10800 block of Myeron Road.

As deputies spoke with neighbors, one of the officers heard two gunshots about 5 to 10 second apart, with the second shot sounded closer indicating the person firing the shot was moving.

When the deputy looked in the direction of the shots, the officer saw a lone vehicle traveling southbound on Myeron Road. The officer followed the vehicle into the city of Stillwater, where a traffic stop was initiated with the assistance of Stillwater Police Department.

The driver was identified as Craig Michael Cummings, 22, of Stillwater. The passenger was identified as Lee James Thompson, also 22, of Stillwater.

When police searched the vehicle, the officers found an uncased .40 Glock handgun in the glove compartment of the vehicle, the complaint states.

Thompson declined to speak with deputies, but Cummings reportedly told police he driving Thompson's vehicle while Thompson fired the handgun out of the passenger window.

Cummings described the action to police as “stupid, redneck stuff," the complaint states. Cummings reportedly told police that Thompson was shooting at street signs as they drove from Stillwater to Hugo and back.

Both men were charged by the Washington County Attorney’s Office with aiding and abetting dangerous weapons-with the intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety, and aiding and abetting hunting-illegal transport of a firearm in motor vehicle.

Thompson also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of carrying and possessing a pistol without a permit in a public place (a gross misdemeanor).  

Randy Marsh January 29, 2013 at 03:09 AM
My intent is not to mischaracterize your words, but rather to point out some things we see differently. Also just to be clear, were you not referring to these particular 22 year olds when you suggested responsible gun owners should "get behind legislation keeping guns out the of hands of idiots"? I would also suggest that sometimes generally reasonable people sometimes do idiotic things, or does one idiotic or irresponsible act automatically make that person an idiot or irresponsible? Perhaps it does, but I'll defer to the philosophy majors out there on that one. I personally don't see this particular incident as any worse than the driver who is not late for anything but speeding at 85 miles an hour because he/she likes to drive fast and weaving in and out of traffic. I don't recommend it, but nobody got shot/run over in this case so maybe the level of idiocy should be defined by the end result and these kids don't deserve to be somebody's pin cushion in prison.
Randy Marsh January 29, 2013 at 04:38 AM
Prison was an exaggeration, and I hope the $10,000 fine you suggested is as well.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 01:27 PM
FELONY charges not enough?? again a case of someone doing somithing freaking stupid, getting caught and facing many charges for doing it. Seems like the CURRENT laws (when finally used) work. FYI- A felon cannot own a gun. Funny to watch the libs get worked up about this....they freak out and demand 100 new gun laws every time something happens. Try enforcing current laws (like this). As far as not letting these idiots have guns for life, I would suggest maybe 5 years. Let them grow up.
Randy Marsh January 29, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Susan, that just seems like a lot of punishment you are advocating for what is essentially a victimless crime.
Stephanie January 29, 2013 at 02:02 PM
If it's victimless, who is paying for the signs to be fixed or new ones made? WE ARE.
Mary January 29, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Sounds like only Randy gets to have an opinion here.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 03:48 PM
We should ban viruses too....they caused 90,000 deaths last year in hospitals....
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I am good with "real" penalties... Lets start with the DEATH penalty (not for this of course...)
Randy Marsh January 29, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Nice contribution, Mary. Really great job of advancing the discussion. Gold star for you!
Randy Marsh January 29, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Why would you assume these individuals have not had training or an understanding of the laws?
Randy Marsh January 29, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I would be shocked if the punishment doesn't involve restitution for the damaged signs. Susan wants to fine these idiots $10,000 on top of paying for the new signs for what is essentially vandalism. Using that logic, the punishment for drunk driving should be the same as it is for vehicular manslaughter.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 04:20 PM
partially with susan on this---cept the iron fist black/white losing driving privliges forever for one DWI. The only thing this wil lget us is a bunch of unlicensed and uninsured drivers on the road. I also agree that this lowering the "drunk" limit to .02 like some what to do, is retarded. so.... .1 WAS "drunk"...then .08 WAS "drunk"...they want .02 to be "drunk"....um...no.
Randy Marsh January 29, 2013 at 04:33 PM
We agree on the threshold for intoxication, Susan, so you might want to rethink your stance on that. Are you really suggesting a lifetime driving ban and the confiscation of a person's vehicle for a DUI?
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 05:40 PM
OK lets get to the point.... since guns and rural traffic sings have been in existince, they have been holes in those signs. (usualy far out in the country) these just happens to be closer to city...lets not make this more than it is. Stupid=yes. moutain out of mole hill=probably...
Randy Marsh January 29, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I would imagine there are fewer shoplifting incidents in countries where they might cut off your hand if caught, but I would guess it still occurs. The point being, no amount of threatened punishment will stop the occasional foolish and bad choice and that is not going to change.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I blame the media.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 07:42 PM
They sensationalize things to the nth degree...They specifcally try to hit nerves, cause panic, divide. Numbers are better that way.
22 January 29, 2013 at 07:57 PM
My favorite part of this "correspondence" is the name Randy Marsh. Randy is this your real name or a pop culture reference? Regardless, Susan before you get frustrated with the apparent use of argument tactics, google Randy Marsh. Might provide some perspective or a spin to the banter be offered. Interesting also is the discussion being carried out here when the truth is that the two individuals glossed over the seriousness of their yet to be convicted crime. What if a child was hit by the product of their "stupid redneck stuff"? Right, so their willingness to ignore laws made to keep the population out of needless risk is a call to as for gun rights? Oh and by they way when a statement is made inside a series of commas it should be read as subordinate description of the main point being brought in a statement. (I.e. go militias)
Carbon Bigfuut January 29, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Referring to a previous comment about the penalty for this stunt, if these guys are prosecuted for having an uncased gun in a moving vehicle (no carry permit), the gun will probably be taken away. If the DA wants to push it into "hunting without a license", they may even be able to take away the vehicle from the owner.
Leslie Fisher January 31, 2013 at 01:34 AM
I know these kids and they were not hunting anything. Anybody see the article in the wednesday Pioneer Press about the COP who discharged his revolver in his backyard and was charged with a misdemeanor? What would you do to him Susan?
Leslie Fisher January 31, 2013 at 01:49 AM
I did not say not HURTING anything, I said not HUNTING anything as it stated in the article. The Patch should get their act together and report it truthfully and not make things up. The charges did not include illegal hunting!
Leslie Fisher January 31, 2013 at 01:55 AM
And Susan you must just be miss perfect, how lucky for you!
Shawn Hogendorf January 31, 2013 at 02:17 AM
That's the way the law cited on the criminal complaint reads, Leslie. I didn't make anything up. They weren't hunting, and I didn't write that they were. But the statute, as described on the complaint states: "aiding and abetting hunting-illegal transport of a firearm in motor vehicle."
OLD MORT February 01, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Are we talking felony charges for these bozos? Jail and all that? Isn't it odd that a ST Paul police officer (in the city of St. Paul) squeezed off a bunch of rounds of the same potent .40 caliber gun right in town and in his fire pit and got caught...I think he's on probation or something and got community service. How fair is that?
Josh Carlson February 01, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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OLD MORT February 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Susan should get a job. She has waaaayyy too much time on her hands...
OLD MORT February 14, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Susan: It wasn't deep concern...I was just funning with you...
SD February 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Sigh... Trolls and pseudonymous postings. You can leave a post directly to a user by clicking on their name. If you have something to say to Shawn, use the "e-mail the author" function. The Patch nastiness is toxic. I realize a bit of irony, as I am not commenting on the original story, however the comments went off topic on post #3.
Shawn Hogendorf February 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I appreciate this comment, Steve D. I try to moderate the comments and agree nastiness is toxic. I'm one person and Stillwater Patch gets a lot of comments... While I respect all kinds of opinion, I do ask that the conversation remain respectful. I'll try to do more moderating, but I also need commenters to police themselves from time to time. Thanks for posting.
SD February 17, 2013 at 04:24 AM
I understand civil behavior, which does not include voluminous off-topic postings and sniping the comments of others. There is a considerable amount of rational dialog recently regarding the use of Internet comments by trolls and cyber-bullies. Many outlets have stopped allowing comments altogether because of such behavior.

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