A husband has been arrested for the murder of his wife 11 years after he told police an intruder broke into their home, grabbed his shotgun and shot her dead during a struggle.
Nicholas Firkus, 38, was taken into custody on Wednesday on suspicion of murdering his 25-year-old wife Heidi in their St. Paul, Minnesota home more than a decade ago.
Police have not released details on what led to Firkus’ arrest in the cold case and his criminal complaint won’t be unsealed until later on Thursday.
Jail records show Firkus, of Mounds View, which is about 15 minutes from St. Paul, was booked for second-degree intentional murder.
No one has ever been arrested over Heidi’s death but police insist they never stopped investigating.
Heidi was shot dead early April 25, 2010, in the St. Paul home she shared with her then 27-year-old husband.
Police had received two 911 calls reporting that someone was trying to break into the home.
At the time, Firkus told police the intruder had grabbed his shotgun after breaking in.
Firkus said he briefly struggled with the intruder but the gun went off and a bullet struck Heidi in the back.
He told investigators that the gun fired a second time and he suffered gunshot wounds to his thigh and groin.
Firkus said he was treated in the hospital for his injuries.
After Heidi was killed, her family said they found out the couple were supposed to be evicted from their home due to foreclosure the day after the fatal shooting, the Pioneer Press reports.
Nothing had been packed up in the home, according to police.
Heidi’s parents said Firkus told them his wife knew about the eviction but they claimed she would have told them if she had known.
"We are hopeful these charges will finally bring out the truth," said the parents of Heidi Firkus, killed in her St. Paul home 4043 days ago. @FBIMinneapolis @sppdmn @RamseyCounty Atty today announced a murder charge against her husband who had claimed an intruder was to blame. pic.twitter.com/KIeZCFdXjA— FBI Minneapolis (@FBIMinneapolis) May 20, 2021
Heidi’s family issued a statement via police following news of the arrest, saying they were happy about the development in their daughter’s case.
‘We’re extremely grateful for all those who have worked so hard and long to get the case to this point. And also for everyone who has prayed and stood beside us all these years,’ the family said.
‘We are hopeful that these charges will finally bring out the truth and result in justice for Heidi.
Even though we know we can’t have her back, we believe Heidi would want us to have the truth.