Maplewood liquor store owner shoots and kills attempted robber

Police closing in on second suspect.

While many area residents were busy shoveling snow or hiding indoors from the Jan. 22 snowstorm, two men attempted to rob Princess Liquors in Maplewood at about 6:45 p.m.

A statement from the Maplewood Police Department revealed that during the course of the attempted robbery, one of the men, Willie Young-Ferba, 23, assaulted one of the liquor store’s owners, and another owner, who has a conceal and carry license, shot Young-Ferba.

Young-Ferba and the other man, whose name has not been released, fled, but police said they found Young-Ferba suffering from a gunshot wound not far from the store, which is located in the 2700 block of Stillwater Road.

Officers and first responders gave emergency medical care to Young-Ferba, and he was brought to Regions Hospital where he later died.

Police said Young-Ferba seems to have recently moved to Maplewood, and his last known permanent address was in Chicago. Young-Ferba was charged numerous times in the Chicago area for crimes including theft and assault, with one charge as recent as Nov. 4, 2017.

The owner who was assaulted received injuries that were not life threatening and was also transported to the hospital. Police reportedly said it is unlikely the owner who shot Young-Ferba will be charged with a crime.

Police are still searching for the other man allegedly involved in the robbery.

“His identity is not yet being revealed, in part to allow detectives more time to work with potential witnesses whose statements could be tainted by premature identification,” police said in the statement.

Cmdr. Dave Kvam said Jan. 25 that police planned to submit the case to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for charging consideration against the man who is still at large. That was set to happen Jan. 26, after the deadline for this edition of the Review.

— Aundrea Kinney

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