by Dennis Dalman
As of press time March 19, there was no more new information regarding the shooting death that happened March 13 in Sartell.
Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes told the Newsleader the police department is not ready to release any more information to the press or public at this time. He did say the police know the identity of the man who was driving a van just before the shooting, but that man had not been charged with anything and is not in custody.
According to a complaint filed by Sartell Police Investigator Dan Miller, just before noon Thursday, March 13, a man was shot with a handgun during an alleged scuffle with another man on the asphalt lot behind the Sprint store in PineCone Marketplace in Sartell.
The wounded man, 20-year-old Maurice Galvin Jr., who’d been shot in the chest, was driven to the CentraCare Health Plaza in north St. Cloud, next to Sartell, where an ambulance rushed him to the hospital. He died at 7:30 p.m. that night.
The man who allegedly shot Galvin, 23-year-old Demetrius Anthony McGinnis, was arrested when he returned to the scene later that afternoon sometime after 3 p.m.. He was placed in the Stearns County Jail and charged in Stearns County District Court March 20 with second-degree murder. His bail was set at $1 million. McGinnis was working in the Sprint store and had gone outside, behind the back of the store, to talk to the two men in a van, one of which was Galvin.
Police said the victim and the alleged shooter knew each other.
Demetrius claimed the scuffle happened while he was defending himself from being robbed by Galvin, whom Demetrius claimed was wielding the gun.
No weapon has been found yet.
According to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office, Galvin, while mortally wounded, told law-enforcement officers he had been shot by “Demetrius.”
Officers found two spent shell casings and blood behind the Sprint store.
In court, during the bail hearing, a prosecutor said McGinnis is a threat to public safety and he has a previous conviction for aggravated assault and a drug charge pending in Isanti County.
McGinnis is scheduled for another court appearance March 28.
Right after the shooting, law enforcement agencies rushed to the scene. They included Sartell police, as well as police officers from St. Joseph and St. Cloud. Members of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department were also at the scene, as well as the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is helping in the case.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.