Alleged St. Paul pot dealer charged with attempted murder for shooting cop

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Cory Anthony Lee
Cory Lee's neighbor says he's a pot dealer who was robbed by two guys who showed up at his residence a few weeks ago. Lee subsequently told the neighbor he'd gotten "up" on the robbers, meaning he retaliated against them.

A criminal complaint filed today against Lee doesn't indicate exactly what his retaliation involved, but last Friday police kicked down his door at 615 E. Maryland Ave. in St. Paul because he was wanted in connection with a shooting that took place three days earlier. When they did, Lee allegedly opened fire, shooting a cop in the chest.

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The complaint says a SWAT team member yelled "Police! Search Warrant! Police! Search Warrant!" before trying to ram down the door. It took him multiple attempts to do so, but when he finally did and entered the residence, he was promptly smoked with a bullet. Thankfully, he was wearing a bulletproof vest and escaped uninjured.

The same can't be said for Lee, who was shot in the left bicep by a second officer who entered the residence after his comrade was shot.

According to the complaint, Lee told an officer on the way to the hospital that he started packing heat after the robbery.

Asked why he'd fire on a cop, Lee said, "I was just looking at the door and when I saw the door open I just fired. I thought they were coming in to kill me."

He also said his frightened daughters were in the same room as him when officers entered and he felt compelled to protect them

Authorities later found an Ruger Special 6 .357 Magnum containing an empty shell casing inside his apartment.

Lee's been charged with attempted second degree murder and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.

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31 comments
Brandy Curtiss
Brandy Curtiss

Pot is illegal so is being a drug dealer! The cops were in the right! The guy dealing drugs and putting their children in that kind of situation is the only ass hole in this story.

Matt Schieffer
Matt Schieffer

I believe he was scared who it was but I also believe he's a moron. Guys come to rob you? Buy a gun? Yeah. Start shooting up the place. Great environment for kids.

MT_Yup
MT_Yup

What it does say is that there a thugs that trade in this drug, and like many narcotics, there is medical usage.  Like MDMA, etc, most drugs have a its use in medical industry and research.  However, permitting narcotics use requires understanding the impact to the social environment.  Pot is not the carefree recreational drug people are lead to believe.  Just ask the Mexican drug lords how many people they kill to protect their profit.

ssaleng
ssaleng

They went to the home because "he was wanted in connection with a shooting that took place three days earlier."  It had nothing to do with marijuana.  I have no idea why there are comments about legalizing marijuana with connection to this story.

Cathy Bailey
Cathy Bailey

Wanna play games, be ready to lose once in a while. He was selling dope in front of his daughters, which is against the law, and u have the nerve to blame the cops, boy is that a stupid statement.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Seems like unnecessary escalation on the part of the police to me.  Did they try.. oh I don't know.. knocking first?  I know that in my home, I might not hear someone yelling outside, but I can damn well hear the sound of my door being busted in.  My first inclination would be to defend my home as well.

LesterGrimes
LesterGrimes

Would like to know what all the libs who disapproved of the nazi meet up at Gasthof's think about this. One less safe meeting place for whites to learn about their culture and police tactics which are useful in raids such as this one. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Wouldn't it be attempted 2nd degree murder since the cop lived? 

Rickardo Ehman
Rickardo Ehman

Who, the cops who busted into a man's home and open fired with children present? I agree. Those cops are assholes.

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

Legalize it & stupid shit won't happen. Plus it will bring in more tax money.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

now this is a cool story


are you bout it bout it?

Rebecca Murphy
Rebecca Murphy

Lol umm....why did you tag me in this Robert Holden?

Skyler Weislogel
Skyler Weislogel

His pot isn't medical pot so the government is not making money off of it so of course they're going to try and take it

Joe Diaz
Joe Diaz

I think this totally justifies legalizing it

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Not sure if any legislators read City Pages anyway

Jason Kokal
Jason Kokal

Hey, City Pages, you aren't helping with the whole legalization thing.

Rickardo Ehman
Rickardo Ehman

Story should read: Entrepreneur/small businessman shot by home invaders.

MT_Yup
MT_Yup

@ssaleng - maybe it goes to show he's a criminal drug dealer.

sosmpls
sosmpls

Medical pot isn't legal in Minnesota. Heck, you can't even buy liquor on Sunday in this backwater burg!

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