Farmington man charged with attempted murder

He shot woman four times; she is recovering after surgery

Nicholas Carlson

A 35-year-old Farmington man was charged on Wednesday with attempted second-degree murder and felony assault in Dakota County District Court after he allegedly shot a 25-year-old woman multiple times around 9 p.m. Sunday in the 18300 block of Exodus Court in Farmington.

Nicholas Orion Carlson will face the murder charge along with first- and second-degree assault charges that allege he attempted to kill his victim, who was taken from the scene to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

“This appears to be another case of domestic violence that almost took a life in our community,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said. “We wish the victim well in her recovery from this violent crime.”

The woman was reportedly shot four times, once in the abdomen, which required surgery after she was found conscious outside the residence and was taken from the scene by Allina Medical Transport. She also suffered an injury to her left hand that resulted in the partial loss of one of her fingers, according to the criminal complaint.

After Farmington police arrived, Carlson remained in the residence and refused to exit, according to a release from police.

Dakota County Mutual Aid Assistance Group secured the scene while negotiations continued by phone with the suspect. Carlson allegedly admitted during his phone conversation with law enforcement that he pointed the gun at the victim, but did not intend to shoot her, the criminal complaint said.

Carlson emerged from the residence unharmed at approximately 10:30 p.m. when he was taken into custody without incident.

Backstrom thanked the Farmington Police Department for their thorough investigation into this matter.

He also thanked the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office; Farmington Fire Department; Lakeville, Apple Valley, Burnsville police departments; and the Dakota County Mutual Aid Assistance Group for their help with this case.

Carlson made his first appearance on these charges Wednesday and bail in the amount of $1,000,000 without conditions and $500,000 with conditions was set by Judge Jerome Abrams.

Carlson’s next court appearance is set for Oct. 19.