Man charged in fatal stabbing of roommate in Brooklyn Park apartment

Photo Courtesy: Hennepin County Jail

A Brooklyn Park man has been charged with second degree murder after allegedly fatally stabbing his roommate in a Brooklyn Park apartment.

According to the criminal complaint, 42-year-old James Charles Thompson called 911 Tuesday for a welfare check on a man at an apartment in the 5800 block of 73rd Avenue North in Brooklyn Park.

Thompson told dispatch he had gotten into a fight involving a knife with the man. He said the man cut him with a knife, so he “knocked him out.” Thompson called for a welfare check because he wanted to get his items out of the apartment.

After gaining access to the apartment, the police found the victim lying dead on the floor with his head against the wall. He had a knife still in his neck as well as a stab wound on his upper back.

When Thompson came to the police department to pick up his property on Wednesday, police arrested him. At the time, Thompson had a backpack which contained what appeared to be a bloody washcloth.

The Medical Examiner determined the man died from the stab wound on his back, which cracked a rib, pierced his right lung and went into his spinal cord. Officials determined he was killed around 12:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Police later learned, around 12:08 a.m. Sunday, Thompson showed up drunk at the Brooklyn Park Police Department South Precinct and said people were trying to kill him and he had suicidal thoughts. At his request, police took him to the hospital.

Thompson is in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.