A man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, who was found dead Tuesday at an extended stay hotel in Eden Prairie.
Ryan Charles Rooney, 34, is being held for second degree murder and endangering children, according to a complaint. His home address was the Residence Inn, 7780 Flying Cloud Dr., where the victim was found. She had been married to Rooney for about two months and her name has not been released.
Rooney was being held at the Hennepin County Jail on Saturday. He is due to make his first court appearance on Monday.
Police arrived at the two-story hotel room around 11 a.m. on Tuesday after staff asked them to perform a welfare check. They found the woman dead from a gunshot wound and Rooney with an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two children, aged 1 and 2, were in the room but unharmed.
According to the complaint, the couple had stayed at the hotel for about 20 days and were due to leave on October 31. The housekeeping staff had checked the room three times but the door was locked with its safety latch, and the front desk staff received no response from the room.
After hotel staff and maintenance staff used tools to open the interior latch, they found a child in a crib and unsuccessfully attempted to wake a man, later identified as Rooney, in a fetal position on a bed. The room was extremely crowded and smelled strongly of urine.
When the police arrived, according to the complaint, Rooney came down from the second floor of the room accompanied by the other child. He had a gunshot wound under his chin and an exit wound on the top of his head.
Rooney said the gun was upstairs, where police found the woman dead with a gunshot wound to her chest. She had apparently been dead for about a day, according to the complaint.
Police found a handgun between the bed and the wall, with a bullet in the wall behind the victim and another lodged in the ceiling.
According to the complaint, Rooney was carrying two bags of suspected methamphetamine and a pistol holster. Officers also found a methamphetamine tray on the bathroom toilet, where it was believed to have been accessible to children.
The investigation determined that Rooney and the woman were married on August 30 and that two weeks before the shooting, police were called to the hotel on a report of a man wielding a gun in the parking lot from the phone. victim’s laptop. The person who called the police did not give a name.
According to the complaint, Rooney told police on Wednesday that he and the victim were the only people in the hotel room. “I don’t know why I shot [the victim]”, he said. He was taken to HCMC for treatment of his injuries.
Rooney has previously been convicted of domestic assault and one conviction for violating a protection order, as well as felony convictions for making terrorist threats and violating a no-contact domestic violence order.
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