39-year-old Mike Carda has now been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife.
According to the criminal complaint, deputies were called to a property on Elmcrest Ave in Chisago County with the report of a domestic incident. The caller met the deputy at the scene and said her daughter lived in the home and that she could hear arguing coming from inside the bedroom.
The caller was visibly shaking, and the deputy had her wait behind his squad car while he approached the home.
The complaint said the deputy knocked on the door and announced himself but got no response. He then moved to knock on the bedroom window where he heard voices. In response, he heard a female voice saying, “He has a gun.”
The deputy reportedly heard gunshots coming from the bedroom. Additionally, three more rounds were reportedly fired at head height through the window near where the deputy was standing. As he left the front deck, the deputy reported hearing a muffled shot coming from the bedroom.
While waiting for reinforcement, the deputy used his PA system to command the occupants to leave the home.
A drone was flown into the home during the stand-off. Footage showed Carda in the bedroom with two long guns and what appeared to be a deceased female.
The woman was later identified as his wife, Sarah Carda. Since 2014, she worked for Isanti County as a corrections nurse. In a statement, Isanti County Sheriff Wayne Seiberlich said Sarah was killed in an "act of senseless domestic violence."
A K-9 was used to arrest Carda after other less-than-lethal methods failed. A handgun was found in the bed where the suspect had been.
Mike Carda has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
He is currently being held on a $2 million bond. His next court appearance will be Oct. 24.
Carda was under a domestic abuse no-contact order for a pending domestic assault case from July of 2023. In that case, Carda told deputies that he believed his in-laws and wife were conspiring to kill him. He believed they were using biological weapons, aircraft, and electrical weapons from a cellphone tower near the home.
A gofundme has been set up to help support Sarah's family.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from domestic violence, you contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or text START to 88788.