The 29-year-old man arrested Monday after allegedly shooting another man in the head in Eveleth has been charged with second-degree felony assault, felony domestic assault, possessing a firearm due to previous convictions and possessing methamphetamine.
Jamar Maurice Smith, of Duluth, was arrested Monday afternoon after officers from the Virginia and Eveleth police departments located him at a home in Virginia.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m., Eveleth police responded to a Subway restaurant at 551 Hat Trick Ave. According to the criminal complaint, Smith had reached into a Pontiac Grand Prix and struck the female driver on the back of the head with a handgun. A male passenger then exited the car. A physical altercation was taking place between the man and Smith when Smith pointed the gun at the man's head and shot.
The victim then entered the vehicle and he and the woman fled the scene to seek medical attention. Law enforcement later stopped the car and the victim was transported to Essentia Health's emergency room in Virginia to treat a gunshot wound in the head. He was bleeding profusely from the head, the complaint read. Police later located the used firearm cartridge in the parking lot.
The driver of the Pontiac told police she was in a relationship with Smith for the past month.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday, police received a tip on the location of the vehicle Smith was driving. When officers arrived, Smith fled on foot, dropping a duffel bag behind him that contained a handgun. Shortly after, he was apprehended by K-9 Teddy.
Police executed a search warrant Tuesday morning on the Jeep Compass with Pennsylvania license plates that Smith drove. They located firearm cartridges and 9.44 grams of methamphetamine, 45 oxycodone pills and more than 100 ecstasy pills.
Smith was convicted of third-degree assault in 2013 and received a violation of a domestic abuse no-contact order less than two months later.
Smith was scheduled for arraignment Thursday morning in State District Court in Virginia.