Police searching for man who allegedly shot gun in air to scare girlfriend

Published 9:48 am Thursday, September 24, 2009

Police are looking for a 25-year-old Albert Lea man after he reportedly fired a gun into the air Wednesday in an attempt to threaten his girlfriend.

A 24-year-old woman called police from Casey’s General Store on 12th Street Southwest in Austin around 9:15 to report that she was being assaulted by her boyfriend.

While police were en route, she called back and said that he had fired shots into the air.

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Police arrived and searched the area near a home on 16th Avenue Southwest. One shell was recovered, but police have reason to believe someone had picked up a number of other shells, chief Paul Philipp said Thursday.

The gun used was a 40-caliber handgun.

Police did not apprehend the 25-year-old man Wednesday but are currently looking for him.