Woman killed in Maplewood Sunday morning

Todd Larry Tennin
Todd Larry Tennin

Police name suspect: Todd Larry Tennin

At 6 a.m. Sunday, gunfire at the Trails Edge Townhomes in Maplewood claimed the life of 41-year-old April Marie Tennin, a mother of three.

Case investigators have issued a probable cause warrant for pick-up for the suspect, identified as Todd Larry Tennin. Also known as "Larry Todd Tennin," the 31-year-old is also wanted on a warrant issued by the Department of Corrections for violation of the terms and conditions of supervised release.

According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections' website, Tennin was released from prison May 12, 2014. His supervised release was due to expire mid-September 2015.

Criminal background

In a Hennepin County District Court case file, Tennin unsuccessfully challenged the state for convicting him as a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

According to the report, Minneapolis police had responded to numerous calls from residents reporting multiple gunshots at the 3300 block of Russell Ave. North on the night of Dec. 9, 2009.

Police found Tennin inside the house, along with others and a semi-automatic handgun on a couch in the basement.

While no one claimed ownership of the weapon, neighbors identified Tennin as one of the shooters. Police arrested Tennin, who was found guilty of being a prohibited person possession of a firearm, and sentenced to 60 months in prison.

A search of public records shows Tennin's criminal history dates back to 2001, when he was convicted of felony assault in the second degree.

According to a 2006 case record, Tennin was tried for domestic assault by strangulation, but the case was dismissed. Nearly six months later, he was convicted of malicious punishment of a child.

His other offenses include two fourth-degree DWIs and two accounts of disorderly conduct. 

“Under the current circumstances and based [on] Mr. Tennin’s extensive history of involvements with the criminal justice system, we regard him as a risk to public safety,” Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said in a press release.

Children were in home

Further, reports said all three of April Tennin's children, ages 12, 15 and 16, were present in the home when she was shot.

"Preliminary information suggests there was an argument between the deceased woman and the adult male a short time before the shooting," police said.

Emergency responders declared her dead at the scene.

May have been pregnant

An "April Tennin" and "Larry Tennin" of "Saint Paul" are listed on a baby registry website with a due date of Sept. 14.

An April M. Tennin had also filed for bankruptcy July 27, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records, with the most recent case notes added Aug. 17.

According to online resources, April Tennin worked for Ramsey County in the financial assistance department.

The townhomes at 1700 Woodland Lane where the shooting occurred were constructed in 2007 by CommonBond and St. Paul's Benedictine Monastery as affordable housing for low income families. They are located just aeast of the monastery and Hill-Murray School, off Century Avenue, in Maplewood.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Todd Larry Tennin is asked to call the Maplewood Police Department at 651-249-2600 or 9-1-1. Information can also be anonymously provided by texting the keyword MAPLEWOOD followed by the tip information to TIP411 (847411).

Holly Wenzel and Erin Hinrichs

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