Suspect arrested after shooting in Preston

Published 4:16 pm Friday, December 21, 2012

A 39 year-old Canton man is in custody after he allegedly shot a woman, fled and stood off with police on Friday afternoon.

The victim, a 49 year-old Preston woman went to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester with an apparent gunshot wound and was put into surgery.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the woman was shot inside a Preston home at about 12:20 p.m. Jensen said there was at least one other person who witnessed the shooting and was able to identify the suspect.

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A Rushford police officer eastbound on Highway 16 between Whalan and Peterson later spotted the suspect. That officer pursued the suspect into Winona County where Winona County, Houston County and Minnesota State Troopers assisted. The suspect stopped east of Wilson in Winona County and was taken into custody after a 30-minute standoff.

Fillmore Central Schools were locked down during the incident. Though Sheriff Jensen said officers knew the suspect, there was a 40-minute span where his whereabouts were unknown.

The investigation is being done by the Preston Police Department, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.