LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – A man firing a rifle toward a residential area Sunday resulted in damage to property but no one was injured, according to a report from the Lester Prairie Police Department.
Lester Prairie police responded to a report of a residence in the 300 block of Fir Street South in Lester Prairie that had been struck by a bullet at approximately 6:09 p.m. Sunday, May 3.
Upon arriving at the residents, a Lester Prairie police officer observed movement on a farm to the west, and advised backup units to check the farm.
A Winsted police officer located a male suspect at the farm in the 300 block of Babcock Ave. South with a rifle in his car.
Upon arriving at the farm, the Lester Prairie police officer asked the man if he had been firing the rifle.
According to a report from the Lester Prairie Police Department, the suspect said he was sighting-in his rifle, and had been aiming east, shooting at milk jugs on a post.
The officer asked the suspect to show him the rifle.
It was a Savage Arms .223 caliber rifle with a 3-9x Bushnell scope.
The officer impounded the weapon.
According to the report, the officer took a taped statement from the suspect.
The officer asked the suspect if he was aware the backdrop to where he was shooting included houses and other things he should not be shooting at, and the suspect said he was aware of this.
The suspect told the officer that when he purchased the rifle, he was informed the range was roughly 200 yards.
The officer asked to see one of the rounds the suspect had been shooting.
The officer informed the suspect the .223 is a high velocity round, and can carry more than than 500 yards.
He told the suspect he needs to be better educated about his weapon.
The officer impounded the round and the magazine for the rifle, as well.
After interviewing the suspect, the officer spoke to a resident in the 300 block of Fir St. South.
The resident said he had heard three shots, one of which hit the house and went through the siding and the drywall inside the residence. A bullet was later found and taken into evidence.
Officers checked with all residents on the south side of Third Ave. South, and four townhomes on Third Avenue Drive to make sure they were OK.
Another resident informed officers his shed had been hit twice by bullets.
The suspect has not been charged, but charges are pending subject to review by the city attorney, according to the Lester Prairie police department.
Possible charges include reckless use of a firearm and damage to property.