2 face felonies after 11-hour Saturday standoff in rural Mower Co.

Published 10:08 am Thursday, December 15, 2016

Correction: A previous online version of this article incorrectly stated David Huff as the man deputies saw holding a shotgun. Deputies saw Tyler Hill holding a shotgun, according to court records. The Herald regrets the error. 

Two men were charged Wednesday in Mower County District Court after an armed standoff with police lasted more than 11 hours Saturday in Lyle Township.

Tyler John Hill, 37

Tyler John Hill, 37

Tyler John Hill, 37, of Austin, was charged with seven felonies: terroristic threats, a pattern of stalking conduct, aggravated stalking with a dangerous weapon, violating an order for protection, violating an order for protection with a dangerous weapon, violating a domestic abuse no contact order, violating a domestic abuse no contact order with a weapon; and three gross misdemeanors for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

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David Michael Huff, 36, of Waseca, is accused of trying to help Hill during the standoff, and he was charged Wednesday with a felony count of aiding an offender and three gross misdemeanors for child endangerment. 

According to court records, Mower County deputies responded to a Lyle Township home around 6:16 a.m. Saturday for a report that Hill was in a residence, which was a violation of a domestic abuse no contact order.

Deputies observed a 2016 Chrysler 300, which they’d been told Hill was driving. Deputies did not approach the house and set up a perimeter, because Hill had made threats to law enforcement before.

Officers were unable to make telephone contact with Hill, who was alone in the house.

At 12:46 p.m., a vehicle driven by Huff approached the residence, and officers had to stop him using lights and the horn of an unmarked squad car.

Huff told police he was a friend of Hill, who’d asked him to come to the residence.

Huff had children in the car and deputies ordered him off the property.

At that point, Hill stuck his head from a window and yelled at deputies while appearing to hold what looked like a shotgun or riffle.

In the afternoon, relatives who’d spoken to Hill told police he was refusing to leave the residence, threatening to kill himself, in possession of a shotgun and hadn’t taken medication for a bipolar disorder.

One relative expressed concern for the deputies’ safety, because the relative believed Hill was suicidal and homicidal.

The Special Incident Response Team negotiators began speaking with the defendant in the afternoon and early evening.

Hill allegedly refused to leave the house, threatened to shoot the next deputy who came on the driveway and told deputies he wanted them shoot him.

At about 4:46 p.m., Hill pointed a green laser light out of a window at a squad car, and he continued pointing it a law enforcement officers after SIRT arrived.

Eventually, law enforcement deployed six rounds of oleoresin capsicum, a non-lethal type of pepper spray, into the home. At 5:42 p.m., Hill attempted to surrender but went back into the house.

After officers fired three more rounds of oleoresin capsicum into the basement, Hill surrendered, was checked by Gold Cross paramedics and was transported to the Mower County jail.

While clearing the home so the residents could return, law enforcement found Hill had covered nearly all the windows with heavy blankets and sliding closet doors, and they found a spent Winchester 12-gauge shotgun slug shell, a green laser pointer, a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun, a live slug round, a black iPhone and a charger.

A detective observed the phone had several recent phone calls and texts from Huff. Two messages from Huff at about 7:45 p.m. read, “Call me I got a way 2 get u out 4REAL” and “I jus thot but ull have 2 walk in cold4 a min so they cant c my head lights we use dark as our advantage.”

A detective interviewed Hill on Dec. 12, and he allegedly said, “I don’t need an attorney. I’m guilty, man.”

Hill admitted taking the shotgun because he wanted to kill himself. He said he didn’t remember Huff coming to the residence, but he said he was likely looking to buy marijuana.

He said he only remembered bits and pieces of the ordeal because he was “chowing pills.”

Hill’s criminal history shows convictions for criminal vehicular homicide in 1999 and fifth-degree assault in 2007 in Mower County, along with fifth-degree assault in 2007 in Freeborn County. He was also out on pretrial release for felony charges for violating his restraining orders and felony drug possession in three Mower County cases.