Hutchinson man assaults Menards employee, police officer UPDATED

HUTCHINSON, MN – April 14 at approximately 2:15 p.m., the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office responded to the City of Hutchinson to assist the Hutchinson Police with an incident that resulted in a Hutchinson Police Officer being injured and transported to the Hutchinson Hospital for treatment, according to a release from McLeod County Sheriff Tim Langenfeld. The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation at the request of the Hutchinson Police Department. As a result, a 61-year-old male from rural Hutchinson was arrested at the scene and transported to the Hutchinson Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was eventually released and transported to the McLeod County Jail where he is awaiting charges. At the time of the news release, the injured Hutchinson Police Officer had been released from the hospital. The Hutchinson Police Department is expected to release the officer information at a later time. The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hutchinson Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol. The investigation will continue.

The Hutchinson Police Department released the following information regarding the incident:

April 14 at approximately 1:50 p.m. Hutchinson Police were dispatched to Menards at 1525 Montreal St SE for the report of a male who assaulted an employee with some lumber following a dispute over wearing a mask.  The male left the store and was observed by an officer at the Wal-Mart parking lot a short time later.  The officer attempted to stop the vehicle.  A slow speed pursuit ensued in the area of the Hutchinson Mall, South Grade Road and Highway 15 South.  The vehicle stopped in the area of Highway 15 and Freemont.   When an officer engaged the suspect through the driver’s side window, the officer became trapped in the window and the driver took off at a high rate of speed with the officer hanging onto the vehicle.  During the struggle, the officer was struck in the head with a hammer.  The officer was taken to Hutchinson Health for his injuries and is in stable condition. The suspect, a 61-year-old Hutchinson man was arrested at the scene.  The McLeod County Sheriff’s office is investigating the incident.

UPDATE 4-15-21: McLeod County Sheriff Tim Langenfeld provided the following update:

The individual arrested yesterday in the incident involving an assault on a Hutchinson Police Officer is Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns, age 61, of rural Hutchinson. Oeltjenbruns was booked into the McLeod County Jail on probable cause first degree assault. Additional charges are also being considered, and this case remains under investigation. The Officer involved was released from the hospital and is currently at home recovering.

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One comment

  1. T.H. says:

    Charges need to be upgraded to attempted murder. He deliberately hit the officer in the head with a hammer.

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