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New Details on Preston Shooting, Suspect In Jail

Posted at: 12/21/2012 9:47 PM
Updated at: 12/21/2012 10:26 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Some tense moments for law enforcement after a shooting prompts a police chase and standoff.

Everyone from local police, to county deputies, even the Minnesota State Patrol and K9 units were in action today, all trying to catch a man accused of shooting a woman.

Authorities in Fillmore, Houston, and Winona counties were all involved today. Roads were closed and a school had to be locked down.  

Police got a call early this afternoon that a woman  had been shot at a home in Preston. The man accused of doing it was on the run. "We had a bit of time where we didn't know where the suspect went. The one thing we did know was who it was," said Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen.

The search started shortly before 12:30 pm and authorities didn't take any chances. "The schools were locked down and some of the businesses I understand were locked down," said Sheriff Jensen.

About 40 minutes later, the suspect was spotted. "We got a call that the Rushford officer was now in pursuit of the suspect vehicle, a blue pick-up," said Winona County Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude.

Quickly, law enforcement from a number of agencies were involved. "We put the stop sticks out, trying to take out his tires. He avoided the stop sticks, went partially in the ditch, then got back up on the road," said Chief Deputy Ganrude.

The man drove for a few blocks before deciding to stop, but he wasn't ready to surrender. "We had a standoff, he wouldn't comply with any of our orders, and after quite some time he finally did get out of the vehicle," said Chief Deputy Ganrude. That standoff happened about 10 miles south of Winona. "We tried to be as safe as we could, we had all avenues blocked, we had K9’s, we had everything we could think of to get here for our safety and his too," said Chief Deputy Ganrude.

For some reason, roughly 30 minutes later the suspect decided to give himself up. "He was taken into custody without incident," said Sheriff Jensen.

The suspect is a 39 year-old man from Canton. He’s being held in the Houston County Jail. Police haven't released his name. The woman shot was taken to Saint Marys Hospital. We do know she underwent surgery today, but her exact condition is unclear.