Stephen Gooler allegedly used scissors to kill Mounds View man he met on gay chat service

Stephen Gooler
Stephen Gooler

Stephen Gooler, a 51-year-old Minneapolis resident, is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing 49-year-old Mounds View resident Perry Paulson to death Thursday night.

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After he was arrested, Gooler told authorities he'd met Paulson for the first time last Monday and things had gone well. He said the two had first gotten in touch on the MegaMates gay phone chat service. Both were found naked when police first arrived on the scene last Thursday.

Paulson's neighbors in his apartment building called police after he knocked on the door after 10:30 that night and said, "Help, help, he stabbed me... Help, I'm dying." Blood was spurting out of his neck and shoulder area. The neighbors also witnessed Gooler run into his apartment while saying, "He stabbed me first."

When police arrived, they found Gooler lying naked on the ground outside the apartment building. His hand was cut. They then went inside and saw "a large amount of blood on the walls, carpet and ceiling," WCCO, citing the complaint, writes.

"They eventually found the victim, naked, on his back and covered in blood outside apartment 31," the 'CCO report continues. "The victim was dead on arrival."

Two bloody knives and a bloody pair scissors were found on Paulson's living room floor. The medical examiner later ruled that the scissors was likely used to sever one of Paulson's arteries and puncture his lung.

Gooler was transported to Regions Hospital and treated for three fractured vertebrae and brain bleeding. He told officers he remembers drinking vodka with Paulson Thursday night but at some point blacked out.

"If there was a scuffle, it was not serious because we like each other," Gooler said, according to the criminal complaint.

Told Paulson was dead, Gooler "did not react at first and then appeared to attempt to cry without success," the complaint continues.

"I can't believe that I stabbed him," Gooler said.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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