Feds charge postal employee accused of firing into Minneapolis Federal Reserve building

A federal gun charge has been added against a U.S. Postal Service employee who allegedly fired into the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank building during a July fireworks display and at whose home police later found anti-government literature.

Prosecutors added charges of “possession with the intent to use a firearm in a federal facility during the commission of a crime” against Christopher Douglas Wood, 43, of St. Paul, who was first arrested on state charges in August.

Wood, who joined the Postal Service in 1998 and most recently worked as a mail processing clerk at the downtown post office, is accused of firing three shotgun blasts at the Reserve building across the street from the Minneapolis Central Post Office’s parking ramp at 100 1st St. S. after his shift ended on July 21.

According to earlier charges filed in Hennepin County District Court, several Reserve employees were inside the building when Wood allegedly fired into it, causing more than $40,000 in damage to the building. Hundreds of people were also on the street outside watching the Aquatennial fireworks display.

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