Ex-SWAT Timothy Carson sought suicide by cop confrontation

Timothy Carson

Timothy Carson

Timothy Carson, an Iraq war Marine veteran and former Minneapolis SWAT officer, was evidently hoping for a suicide-by-cop confrontation the day he robbed a bank, the man's lawyer told U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz today in St. Paul.

Andrea George sought leniency in Carson's sentencing -- the minimum of seven years behind bars -- because he was distraught over his sick daughter and memories of his combat duty.

Carson pleaded guilty in March to robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Apple Valley on Jan. 6; he was later arrested at MPD's 3rd precinct house after confessing. Some of the clothes he allegedly wore during the heist were later found in an MPD trash can.