A late night encounter involving gunshots between a suicidal male and law enforcement has resulted in a Cambridge man being found guilty of use of deadly force against a peace officer.
Ricky Alan Geving, 49, was charged Oct. 3 in Isanti County District Court with use of deadly force against a peace officer, and 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, both felonies, from an incident on Sept. 29 at a property on the 34550 block of Hastings St. N.E. in Cambridge.
Geving pled not guilty to both charges on Oct. 27 and waived his right to a jury trial on Nov. 29.
Judge P. Hunter Anderson presided over the trial held Dec. 5 and 6. On Dec. 15, he found Geving guilty of use of deadly force against a peace officer.
In his conclusion, Judge Anderson wrote, “the defendant did act with the specific intent to cause fear of imminent death or bodily injury in Deputy Meyer. Defendant’s behaviors and attitudes, along with the fact he made demands and the fact that his action
did create fear in the officers on the scene, supports this conclusion. Moreover, the defendant attempted to use deadly force against Deputy Meyer, an officer engaged in the duties of his job, when he lowered his weapon and aimed it in the Deputy’s direction.”
Sentencing for Geving is scheduled for Feb. 23.
At one point during the situation, Geving lowered the bail of the gun in the direction of law enforcement, causing a Cambridge police officer to fire two shots. A third shot then rang out, which was more of a boom from a shotgun or possibly Geving’s muzzle loader. After another conversation with Investigator Rob Bowker of the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department, Geving surrendered. Also taken into custody was Geving’s muzzle loader and a speed loader, which contained two pellets of black powder and a primer.
Four individuals located in a residence on the property had to be evacuated for their safety, and approximately 11 officers responded to the scene when the 911 call came in at 11:12 p.m.
Witnesses, offiicers tesitfy during trial
During the trial one of the witnesses testified Geving was distraught the night of Sept. 29 because he had recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and his son had recently passed away.
She also testified that she and Geving had been in a romantic relationship, but she had told him she was ending their relationship and they would just be friends. She said he sent her text messages the night of Sept. 29 indicating he no longer wanted to live. When she went to the camper on the property to talk to him, she saw a gun sitting near him.
She said later in the evening, she got more text messages from Geving and felt he was suicidal. At 11:12 p.m. she decided to call 911 and inform law enforcement about the situation.
Testimony by law enforcement indicated Geving said he would not come out of the camper, and indicated he had a loaded gun and would shoot the first person who came to the door.
Throughout the encounter Geving would walk around the wooded area of the property, and go in and out of the campers on the property. It was dark on the property, and there were times officers lost sight of Geving.
Isanti County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Meyer testified that at one point the barrel of Geving’s gun was pointed directly at him and he raised his weapon to fire upon Geving but his gun jammed.
Cambridge Police Officer Chad Salens testified that at the same time Geving lowered the barrel of the gun he fired two shots at Geving. He testified he was afraid that Geving would shoot at him or another officer.
In a taped statement the next day with Investigator Bowker, Geving said he had been drinking the night of the incident and had been having a tough time. He said he wasn’t going to hurt himself, and the incident was more like a “cry for help.”
In his statement Geving said that if he had wanted to shoot the officers he had several opportunities to do so. He said he refused to lay his gun down when commanded because he was afraid.
When asked about pointing his gun at officers, Geving said it was possible he made a motion indicating he was going to shoot and understood why the officers felt threatened. He said his intention was to shoot out the spotlights of the squad cars and that he was aiming at the spotlights, not anyone in particular. He did admit to making a statement indicating that if he wasn’t going to miss if he was going to shoot.