Ten years ago this week, Guy Harvey Baker shot and killed two St. Paul, Minn., cops in what one city official called “the bloodiest and most tragic day in Minnesota law enforcement history.” The Pioneer Press this week looked back on the crimes and their impact on the city, the police department and the families of the victims and perpetrator.
Baker, 26, a Marine Corps and Desert Storm veteran, killed one cop who questioned him when he was found sleeping in a car, and he killed a second officer during the search for the cop-killer. Baker pleaded guilty and is serving two life sentences, with no possibility of parole. His father, Harvey, said he still doesn’t know what made his son snap. “I saw a young man–a good-looking, intelligent young man–self-destruct,” he said.