Police: Park Cottage Grove Teacher, Frigaard’s Owner, Shot and Killed in Mahtomedi

A Park Cottage Grove High School teacher and Willernie bar owner was shot and killed early Saturday morning in Mahtomedi.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was called at 3:17 a.m. on Jan. 24 to a report of a gun shot heard in the area of Highway 244 and 75th St. N. in Mahtomedi.

While checking the area, investigators found David Robert Frigaard, 46, of Roseville, deceased. Frigaard is a visual arts teacher at Park High School and owner of Frigaard’s in Willernie.

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Bailey Jordan Garcia, 19, of Pine Springs, was arrested and is currently in custody at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Jail pending homicide charges, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Frigaard was hired by the School District 833 in August 1999. He was a long-time art teacher for secondary schools across the district, served as an at-risk program teacher and served as an advisor for the gay-straight alliance.

Most recently Frigaard was a teacher at Park High School. He has also been a girls track coach, football assistant coach and middle school football and basketball coach over his years with the district.

“Dave was a respected and valuable member of our staff,”Park Principal Kerry Timmerman said. “He was a talented teacher that enjoyed providing opportunities for students to display their artwork, both at Park and in the greater community.  In addition to being a beloved member of the Park staff, Dave taught and coached at a number of other schools in our district in previous years and will be greatly missed by all. Condolences are extended to his family during this difficult time.”

Park is preparing to provide support for their students and staff as they return to school on Monday and work through this tragic loss.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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