Fergus Falls man facing charges in death of girlfriend in St. Paul

Photo by: Ramsey County Jail
Photo by: Ramsey County Jail

(St. Paul, MN) -- A Fergus Falls man is facing charges in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Authorities tell WDAY Radio that 44-year-old Matthew Ecker allegedly shot and killed 32-year-old Alexandra Pennig early Friday at her apartment in St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood.

Police say Ecker originally told officers that Pennig's death was a suicide. Ecker was then shortly after arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Ecker is set to appear in court for the first time Tuesday morning.