Age 55 | Gunshot wound
Date of homicide: August 22, 2020
In Vadnais Heights, on August 22, deputies responded to a loose dog call. While at the scene, deputies located a dog belonging to Karl Swanson, who was visiting a longtime friend, Jeffrey Thomas. Jeffrey said the dog belonged to his friend Karl and that Karl was working under a car in the garage.
When deputies went to make contact with Karl, they found him unresponsive and motionless under the car surrounded by a pool of blood. Deputies asked Jeffrey what happened. Jeffrey claimed that he didn’t know and he had thought Karl was changing his oil. Deputies found a spent shell casing and another pool of blood nearby.
Jeffery was taken into custody and charged with second degree murder.
Jeffery Thomas, Age 55
Thomas is in custody on second degree murder charges.