Man wields knife, tells Grand Meadow officer to shoot him; Allegedly pointed knife at officer

Published 8:30 am Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Leonard Leroy Thielen Jr., 55, of Stewartville was charged on Tuesday in Mower County District Court with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony terroristic threats and gross misdemeanor violation of a domestic abuse no contact order.

According to court documents, a Grand Meadow officer on patrol spotted Thielen at 8:28 p.m. on Sunday at Pine Lawn Park sitting at a table with a woman who had a domestic abuse no contact order (DANCO) against him.

The officer advised Mower County dispatch and approached the table, asking for identification. Thielen said he did not have identification and asked the officer why he wanted it. When the officer told him he believed Thielen was violating a DANCO, Thielen allegedly refused to give his name, told the officer to leave him alone and started walking away.

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When the officer followed and told Thielen he was under arrest, Thielen became angry and threatened to kill himself or make the officer shoot him, the court documents said. He then allegedly jumped a barbwire fence and ran into a soybean field. As the officer chased him, Thielen allegedly removed a knife from his pocket, opened it and pointed it at the officer. The officer drew his pistol and ordered Thielen to drop the knife, but Thielen allegedly told the officer to shoot him and threatened to harm himself with the knife.

Mower County deputies arrived on the scene and, after about an hour, convinced Thielen to surrender the knife, according to court documents.

A review of Thielen’s criminal history shows prior convictions for assault, criminal vehicular homicide and violating a DANCO.

Thielen will appear in court again on July 3.