Updated: Charges filed against Arizona man in Superior shootingCharges have been filed in Douglas County Circuit Court against an Arizona man in connection with the shooting Thursday at Genesis Attachments in Superior.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Charges have been filed in Douglas County Circuit Court against an Arizona man in connection with the shooting Thursday at Genesis Attachments in Superior.
Juan Leonardo Padilla, 41, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., is facing first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the death of Terrence Rodney Luukkonen, 46, of Duluth, Luukkonen worked at Genesis Attachments and was sitting in his car in the parking lot at the time of the incident, which was initially reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Evidence on the scene, which included the absence of a gun and an inward pattern of broken glass, suggested Luukkonen was shot from outside the vehicle, Superior Police Chief Deputy Nicholas Alexander said. His fiancée identified Padilla as a possible suspect.
Padilla was seen driving an older-model gold Cadillac around Genesis the day before and morning of the fatal shooting Thursday.
“At this time, nothing suggests that Terrence and Padilla personally knew each other; however, it is believed that they knew about each other,” Alexander said.
According to the criminal complaint filed today in Douglas County Circuit Court:
Luukkonen had been engaged to a Twin Ports area woman who had broken off a relationship with Padilla. She had been involved in a relationship with the accused shooter since 2011, and broke off the relationship about a month ago.
She told police Padilla was upset about the breakup and had made statements to her that he wanted to kill her fiancé.
With no plan or warning, the accused came to the Twin Ports area and was staying at the Allyndale Motel in Duluth, the complaint states. The woman had occasional contact with Padilla while he was here.
It is believed that he recently moved to Duluth, Alexander said.
Padilla was seen driving a gold Cadillac around the parking lot of Genesis the day before the shooting as well, police said.
Padilla, who was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday remains in the St. Louis County Jail awaiting extradition to Wisconsin. He is expected to make an initial appearance in Douglas County Court next week.
An autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause and manner of death for Luukkonen,
Padilla, a 20-year veteran of the armed forces, worked briefly as a police officer in Fort Mohave, Ariz.
He had two convictions in 1998 for harassment out of New York, but no other violent offenses have been identified, Alexander said.