Bloomington manhunt ends with arrest of murder suspect

Residents were advised to keep their doors locked and remain vigilant last week as a multi-hour manhunt in east Bloomington ended at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday, May 4, with police officers apprehending the suspect in an officer-involved shooting, who was also a person of interest in the death of a Crookston woman.

Shots were fired when Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents attempted to stop Eddie Frazier, 49, as he was driving through Bloomington at approximately 9 p.m. May 3. Following the manhunt and arrest, Frazier has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 48-year-old Tawnja Wallace.

Wallace was found dead in the Crookston apartment she shared with Frazier, about 12 hours prior to the manhunt. The Crookston Police Department began searching for Frazier in connection with their investigation of Wallace’s death, according to the BCA.

Agents from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension attempted to stop Frazier’s vehicle near the intersection of Oakland Avenue and 86th Street in Bloomington. As agents approached the vehicle, shots were fired and the suspect fled in the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

Special Agent in Charge Scott Mueller was the agent who fired his gun during the incident, according to the BCA. Although Frazier fled the scene in his vehicle, he was taken to the hospital following his arrest, the BCA noted.

After driving away from the scene, Frazier fled on foot in the area of Wentworth Avenue and 83rd Street, according to the sheriff’s office. The Bloomington Police Department provided Twitter updates regarding the search, noting that law enforcement personnel had initially set up a perimeter between Portland and Nicollet avenues and 85th Street and American Boulevard.

The search area expanded west to Lyndale Avenue and south to 86th Street. Residents in the search area were asked to stay indoors and call 911 if they heard or saw anything suspicious.

Frazier was apprehended on the 8200 block of Stevens Avenue, approximately six hours after the search began.

Frazier had been spotted in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday following the discovery of Wallace’s body. Statements Frazier made indicated he may have been headed to the Twin Cities, South Dakota or Arizona, the BCA noted.

Mueller was placed on standard administrative leave following the attempted traffic stop of Frazier. He has led the BCA’s Metro Regional Office for more than three years and has worked for the BCA since 2008. He previously worked for the White Bear Lake Police Department for eight years, the BCA noted.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will handle the investigation of the officer-involved shooting to avoid conflict of interest, the BCA added.