Police Arrest Suspect in Murder of Father of Three
Minneapolis police arrested a man suspected in the Monday murder of a 26-year-old father of three.
Henry Benjamin Cousins is being held without bail and is expected to be charged with murder, according to a press release from Minneapolis police. Cousins, 32, was convicted in 2015 of illegal gun possession.
Officers responding to a 911 call found David Ryman wounded on Lyndale Avenue North and 47th Avenue North in Mounds View, Minnesota, at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6.
The officers provided medical care until an ambulance arrived. After emergency medical technicians took over, Ryman was declared dead at the scene.
Police believe the victim and the suspect had an argument before the shots were fired. Ryman was fixing a food truck when he was shot, police spokesman Corey Schmidt told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
The suspect was not associated with the truck, Schmidt added.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled the death a murder, saying that Ryman was shot in the neck and chest.
The shooting occurred on a block that has a Dairy Queen, casual food shops, visiting food trucks, and light industry, Star Tribune reported.
Nikkole Johnson, a food truck employee in the area, told Star Tribune that she was within a foot of Ryman when he was shot. Ryman was a mechanic in the area and serviced various vehicles, she said.
Ryman’s family said that his third child was born in September.
“David Ray Ryman you will be missed but you will always be remembered for your heart and soul,” Ryman’s sister, Samantha Ryman, wrote on Facebook. “You were a good dad and brother and my best friend. I thank you for everything.”
Ryman had gone to Monterey High School in Burbank, California, according to his Facebook profile. He is originally from North Hollywood.
Ryman’s sister, Samantha, posted a photo of a tattoo on Facebook featuring her brother’s name and dates of birth and death.
“I will always love you and miss you,” she wrote in the post.
“You will always be in our hearts,” she wrote in another post.
Samantha Ryman started a GoFundMe page to collect funds for funeral expenses. As of Sunday, the page had exceeded the $3,000 donation goal.
“David was my student in Burbank, CA.,” wrote one of the contributors on GoFundMe. “We were both from Minnesota, and he would often hang out by me at lunch and we would talk about cars. He showed mechanical skills at a young age and was a really easy guy to get along with. I’m really sorry to hear about his passing. God bless.”
The homicide unit and the crime lab are investigating the murder.