Man pleads not guilty after taking selfie with firearm

Published 9:58 am Friday, May 27, 2016

A man arrested in LeRoy after officers received a selfie of himself with a firearm pleaded not guilty Thursday.



Jordan Scott Hoffmann, 24, of Rochester appeared in Mower County court facing a felony charge of being a violent felon in possession of a firearm.

On May 12, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division received information that a wanted felon, Hoffmann, was in possession of a firearm and was making threats toward law enforcement.

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They also received a photo of Hoffmann holding what appeared to be an assault rifle, according to court records.

They later learned he was hiding with his girlfriend in LeRoy at his father’s house.

At about 10:15 a.m. on May 16, Olmsted and Mower County Sheriff’s Offices arranged to meet at the home and arrest Hoffman. No one immediately answered the door when they knocked, but they heard people moving around inside the residence.

Deputies saw a 9-mm shell casing on top of a garbage can next to the front door. After about 15 minutes, they saw Hoffman’s father through a window and called for him to come to the door.

The father answered the door and eventually confirmed Hoffman was inside the home. He led them to an upstairs bedroom where Hoffman was hiding behind the door and he was arrested.

Hoffman denied having any firearms in the home and denied ownership or possession of any firearms.

Officers asked the father about the shell casing by the front door and he said he has a 9-mm assault rifle on a shelf in his bedroom with 11 live rounds in the extended magazine. Officers identified it as the firearm in the photo with Hoffmann.

The father and Hoffman’s girlfriend said the gun never left the house and denied photographing Hoffmann with the weapon. Officers determined the photo was likely a selfie and appeared to have been taken in the home’s kitchen.

The firearm was seized as evidence.

Hoffman was convicted of second-degree burglary from 2011 and is currently awaiting trial for first degree drug sales earlier this year from Olmsted County.

Hoffmann’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 27 for a pre-trial and Nov. 7 for a jury trial.