Man Charged with Murder of Brooklyn Center Woman
An Anoka man is accused of murdering a Brooklyn Center woman in her own home, according to charges filed Tuesday.
Michael Klinger, 36, is charged with second-degree murder. The criminal complaint says he fired multiple gunshots killing a woman, who the Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified as 34-year-old Katie Fredrickson.
The complaint describes Klinger as the victim’s “off-again, on-again boyfriend.” In addition to the murder charge, Klinger is charged with first-degree aggravated possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession of a firearm due to previous felony weapons and drug convictions.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police responded to a home in the 5400 block of 68th Avenue North at about 1 p.m. Sunday. They soon spoke with a man and his girlfriend who said they they were staying in a bedroom of the victim’s home when they heard arguing and then multiple gunshots. The couple said they “feared for their lives” and fled the residence through a bedroom window. The man was able to hop a fence, but the girlfriend could not get over and returned to her parked vehicle. That’s when she ran into the suspect who told her “you aren’t going to tell the truth.”
The complaint says the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. A neighbor recorded the license plate, which police determined to be a rental vehicle. Police were able to track down the vehicle in St. Louis Park, where officers waited for and arrested the suspect. During the arrest, police searched the suspect’s backpack and discovered 445 grams of methamphetamine, more than $5,000 in cash, and four handguns, three of which were listed as stolen.
A search warrant was also executed on the St. Louis Park hotel room where the suspect stayed. Inside the room, officers located ammunition and magazines for weapons.
Klinger made his his first court appearance on Wednesday. He remains in the Hennepin County jail held on $1.5 million bail.