Firkus, 25, was killed on April 25, 2010. Nicholas James Firkus, then 27, told police someone broke into their Hamline-Midway home in St. Paul around 6:30 a.m. and grabbed his shotgun.
Nicholas Firkus, now 38, said he battled the intruder, the gun went off and Heidi was shot in the back at their St. Paul home. Nicholas reported that he was shot in the thigh and groin, and he was treated in hospital for his injuries.
Nicholas Firkus. (Courtesy of Ramsey County Jail)
Before Wednesday, no one had been arrested in the homicide of Heidi Firkus, although police said they never stopped investigating.
The Ramsey County District Attorney’s Office has indicted Firkus, although the criminal complaint is under seal until his first court appearance on Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson.
Information about what led Firkus to be indicted was not immediately available.
The St. Paul Police SWAT team took Firkus into custody on an arrest warrant at his home in the 5000 block of Red Oak Drive in Mounds View around 5:05 a.m., police said.
Police took Firkus to Police Headquarters, where he was questioned and then held in Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of murder.
Lawyer Joe Friedberg, who represents Nicholas Firkus, said he was not ready to comment on Wednesday afternoon because he had not seen the allegations against Firkus.
Heidi Firkus’ family, in a statement on Wednesday, said they were “extremely grateful to everyone who has worked so hard and for so long to bring the matter to this point. And also for all those who have prayed and stood by our side during all these years.
Heidi Firkus (photo courtesy)
“We hope that these accusations will finally bring out the truth and lead to justice for Heidi,” the statement continued. “Even though we know we can’t get her back, we think Heidi wants us to have the truth. God is honored by the truth. Heidi’s life and memory are further honored by the truth.
A year after Heidi Firkus’ death, the St. Paul Police Homicide Unit Supervisor said Nicholas Firkus had not been screened out as a potential suspect. Friedburg said at the time that he believed Nicholas was a “victim, not an abuser.”
Following Heidi’s homicide, her parents and closest friends discovered that she and Nicholas Firkus were to be evicted from their home due to foreclosure the day after the shooting. They said they were sure Heidi would have told them if she knew they were losing their home, although her parents said Nicholas Firkus told them she had.
Police reported that nothing in the house was packed.
Firkus’ best friends remembered her as a young woman who was an artist, who liked to bring people together for dinners, who liked spending time outdoors and watching romantic comedies, and who lived her life. with a purpose.
Heidi Firkus, who graduated from Roseville Area High School in 2003 and attended Northwestern University in Roseville, met Nicholas at church. They served as youth group leaders and were married in church in 2005.
More than two years after Heidi’s murder in August 2012, Nicholas Firkus remarried. The couple, who had children, divorced in 2019, according to a court record.