$1 Million Bail For Man Shot at by Olmsted County Deputy
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Bail has been set at $1 million for the Eyota man who fled the state after a recent officer-involved shooting in Rochester.
39-year-old Jesse Johnson was apprehended last weekend in Iowa and was returned to Olmsted County yesterday for prosecution. The Eyota man was formally arraigned on second and third-degree assault charges along with illegal possession of a firearm.
He is accused of brandishing a pistol during an argument with another man last June. According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police that Johnson attempted to shoot him, but the gun jammed and Johnson then struck him in the face with the handgun, knocking him unconscious.
Johnson was wanted on an arrest warrant connected to the assault when members of the Olmsted County Sheriff's warrants team tracked him to the parking lot at the Planet Fitness location in Southeast Rochester on the afternoon of December 13. Rochester police reported that Johnson rammed into two law enforcement vehicles while fleeing and an Olmsted County deputy fired a single shot at Johnson's vehicle as he was driving away.
No one was injured during the incident and the deputy has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in connection with the shooting. Johnson's next court hearing in the assault case is scheduled for March 7.