Man accidentally discharges Glock handgun as he was preparing to clean it

by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

A man accidentally discharged a round from his handgun and the bullet passed through a common wall into a neighbor’s unit, pierced the neighbor’s TV and then exited through the neighbor’s ceiling at an apartment building, Elk River Police Cept. Bob Kluntz said.

The neighbors weren’t home at the time.

They called police at 9:36 p.m. July 5 to report finding what appeared to be evidence of a bullet that had passed through their apartment at 548 Auburn Place in Elk River.

On arrival, police observed a series of bullet holes on a second floor that appeared to come from a single round.

The suspect, a 28-year-old Elk River man, told police that he failed to empty the chamber of his Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun and accidentally discharged a round while preparing to clean the weapon in preparation to move to Arizona. He was alone in his apartment at the time.

Police took the handgun for safekeeping.

Man airlifted after branch hits him

A 29-year-old man was cutting a branch from a tree when the branch fell and hit him. He was knocked off the ladder he was on and into the bed of a pickup truck.

He was flown by air ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. The mishap was reported at 2:44 p.m. July 7 in the 18000 block of 147th Street in Big Lake Township.

Two men rob man of his wallet, $60

A man reported being robbed of his wallet July 7 by two men in the 19300 block of Holt Street while he was walking from Buffalo Wild Wings to a friend’s home.

The robbery was reported at 2:19 p.m. The victim was not injured. The robbers got away with $60.

Several Elk River garages burglarized

Suspected thieves with a green SUV and trailer backed up to an apartment complex garage and apparently tried to take a dune buggy but were gone when police arrived.

The burglary was reported at 7:20 p.m. July 7 at 814 Proctor Ave. Kluntz said a number of garages at that address were burglarized.

Car partially lands on retaining wall

A Volkswagon Jetta landed partially on a retaining wall in Otsego after going off Highway 101 near 90th Street NE, crossing an on-ramp and continuing off the roadway before coming to a stop at the wall.

The car was driven by Tyler Diederich, 26, of Sauk Rapids, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. He was taken to CentraCare Monticello with non-life-threatening injuries,.

The crash was reported at 2:18 p.m. July 3.

Harley rider injured after pickup clips her

A Ramsey woman was injured after the motorcycle she was driving was clipped by a pickup on Highway 169 in Livonia Township.

The incident was reported at 11:15 a.m. July 5.

The Ford Crew pickup driven by Bryan Denisen, 31, of Duluth, was traveling north on Highway 169 at the time of the crash. A Harley Davidson FXDB driven by Kristina Michealson, 49, of Ramsey, turned right onto north Highway 169 from 245th Avenue when her bike was clipped by the pickup, the State Patrol reported.

Michealson was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids with non-life-threatening injuries. Denisen and his passenger were not injured.

Thrashing man said he used heroin

An Elk River man, 26, was arrested for DWI after police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle and found a man in the driver’s seat, thrashing back and forth.

He told police he used heroin prior to driving.

The call had come in at 6:38 a.m. July 2 at Xavier Circle and Line Avenue in Elk River.

‘Slumper’ arrested for DWI in Elk River

Police arrested an Elk River man, 47, for DWI after responding to a report of a “slumper” behind the wheel of a vehicle that was halfway in a driveway and halfway in the street. When police arrived, they found the man passed out behind the wheel. The vehicle was running and the transmission was in drive.

The call came in at 12:11 a.m. July 5 in the 19300 block of Seymour Street in Elk River.

Man cited for possession of pot

An Elk River man, 22, was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after police stopped him for speeding at Meadowvale Road and Vernon Avenue in Elk River.

The stop was made at 3:20 p.m. July 6.

Lack of license plate light leads to stop

Police cited an Onamia man, 27, for possession of a small amount of marijuana after pulling him over for not having a license plate light.

The stop was made at 12:57 a.m. July 6 near Highway 169 and Main Street.

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