Amazi: Gunfire didn’t hit suspectPublished 11:54am Friday, July 13, 2012
42-year-old allegedly pointed his shotgun at officer despite warnings
A man who was arrested after a three-hour standoff in Lyle on Wednesday was not struck by gunfire, according to Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.
BCA officials said Thursday that Mower County Deputy Jason Bresser shot and grazed Brian Jerome Jansen, 42, after Jansen allegedly pointed a shotgun at him. However, officials later discovered that Jansen was not actually struck by a bullet.
“[Jansen] told the investigators that he had that mark on his arm for a long time,” said Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.
Bresser first ordered Jansen to drop his weapon and fired a Taser at him, which only subdued 6-foot-7, 255-pound Jansen for a short time.
Bresser then fired a shot. Bresser, a six-year veteran of the Mower County Sheriff’s office, according to the BCA, has been placed on standard administrative leave.
The search for Jansen began after local law enforcement received a domestic disturbance call. When authorities arrived, Jansen fled into a cornfield with a shotgun, according to the BCA.
A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter swept a nearby cornfield about 45 minutes after authorities surrounded Jansen’s farm at 50278 130th St. near Lyle, close to the Freeborn County border. Amazi and five deputies, a state trooper, Austin Police officer and K-9 Ghost all collaborated in the search, which lasted three-hours and ended at a barn on the property. No officers or civilians were hurt.
Jansen was later treated at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, released and booked into the Mower County jail. Jansen is scheduled to appear in Mower County Court on Friday and be formally charged.