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Lion News: Jonathan Patrick Benson Defends Home - Shot By Trigger-Happy Cops?

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Published on Feb 11, 2011

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Lion News: Benson Defends Home - Shot By Trigger-Happy Cops?
Case No. 21-CR-11-262
Jonathan Patrick Benson

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Published February 07 2011
Deputies shoot man during disturbance at Garfield, Minn., home
Douglas County sheriff's deputies shot a man multiple times during a disturbance at a Garfield home late last night.

By: Al Edenloff, Alexandria Echo Press

Douglas County sheriff's deputies shot a man multiple times during a disturbance at a Garfield home late last night.

The incident began at 10:51 p.m. Sunday when Francis Benson called 911 and requested law enforcement to remove two unwanted guests from her home at 9145 County Road 8 NW, Garfield.

She told dispatch that her 30-year-old son, Jonathan Patrick Benson, was armed with a shotgun and was threatening others at the home.

Deputies responded to the scene and tried to talk with Jonathan Benson but he didn't cooperate and withdrew into the basement of the home, according to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen.

A short time later, Jonathan Benson, armed with a long gun, confronted deputies. After he didn't comply with their commands, three deputies fired at him, striking him multiple times, Wolbersen said.

Benson was taken to the Douglas County Hospital and later air lifted to the St. Cloud Hospital.

He is being held and charges are expected, Wolbersen said, adding that the time frame of the charges will depend on Benson's medical condition.

Assisting the sheriff's office at the scene were the Alexandria Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol and North Ambulance.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation.

"This investigation is active and ongoing and some details are being withheld until the initial investigation is complete," Wolbersen stated in a news release. "Additional details will be released as the investigation continues."

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Published February 11 2011
New details emerge about shooting
More information has been released about an officer-involved shooting that happened at a Garfield home late Sunday night.

By: Al Edenloff, Alexandria Echo Press

More information has been released about an officer-involved shooting that happened at a Garfield home late Sunday night.

According to Douglas County Sheriff's Sergeant Jason Peterson, the three deputies involved in the shooting were Arthur Vinson, Paul Trautman and Jacob Asfeld. Respectively, they have 13, 11 and three years of service with the sheriff's office.

The deputies shot an armed suspect multiple times during a disturbance at a Garfield home after he repeatedly failed to comply with their requests, according to Sheriff Troy Wolbersen.

The incident began at 10:51 p.m. Sunday when Frances Benson called 911 and requested help at her home at 9145 County Road 8 NW, Garfield. She told dispatch that her 30-year-old son, Jonathan Patrick Benson, who lived in the house, was armed with a shotgun and was threatening others.

Deputies responded to the scene and tried to talk with Benson but he didn't cooperate and withdrew into the basement of the home, according to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen.

A short time later, Benson, armed with a long gun, confronted deputies and after he didn't comply with their commands, the three deputies fired at him, striking him multiple times, Wolbersen said.

Benson was taken to the Douglas County Hospital and later air lifted to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Authorities were informed Monday that Benson's injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.

He is under guard at the hospital and charges are expected, Wolbersen said, adding that the time frame of the charges will depend on Benson's medical condition.

Assisting the sheriff's office at the scene were the Alexandria Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol and North Ambulance.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation.

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