Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
Saint Paul Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of a Firearm After Drive-By Shootout
MINNEAPOLIS – A Saint Paul man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm as a felon in connection to a November 2021 shootout, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.
According to court documents, on November 18, 2021, at approx. 1:30 p.m., Laquell Montreal Kilgore-Hodges, 25, was driving a rental vehicle with other passengers in a St. Paul residential neighborhood, when a rolling shootout occurred between the rental vehicle and another vehicle. Kilgore-Hodges sped away from the area, ran a red light, and struck another vehicle. Kilgore-Hodges and the other passengers fled the scene of the crash on foot to a nearby apartment building. A witness reported to law enforcement that they saw an individual with a firearm flee the scene of the crash. State Patrol and St. Paul Police Department Officers responded to the apartment building and detained Kilgore-Hodges and the other passengers. Officers obtained a search warrant and recovered multiple magazines and four firearms, including a Glock, model 19, 9mm pistol. Forensic DNA analysis determined that the defendant’s DNA profile matched the DNA profile on the Glock 19 and excluded others. Additionally, ballistics analysis determined that the discharged cartridge casings recovered from the rental vehicle and from the scene of the shootout were fired from the Glock 19 firearm. Because Kilgore-Hodges has prior felony convictions in Ramsey and Wright Counties, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.
Kilgore-Hodges pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. A sentencing date will be scheduled at a later time.
This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Saint Paul Police Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Bejar is prosecuting the case.