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Rural Atwater man appears on charges related to standoff

WILLMAR -- Charges of second-degree assault and obstructing arrest have been filed against a rural Atwater man who had to be subdued after a standoff at his home on Labor Day.

Ricky Hoffenkamp, 27, made his first appearance Thursday in Eighth District Court in Kandiyohi County. Judge Donald Spilseth allowed him to be released on his own recognizance but set conditions that Hoffenkamp cannot possess firearms or use alcohol or mood-altering drugs. The judge's order also barred Hoffenkamp from having contact with a family member whom he threatened with a gun.

A hearing has been set for Oct. 13.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department was called Sept. 1 to Hoffenkamp's house in rural Atwater, where a family member reported that Hoffenkamp was out on the deck, causing a disturbance and brandishing a gun.

Sheriff's deputies and members of the State Patrol set up a perimeter around the house. When Hoffenkamp wouldn't come out, a group of officers forced their way into the house and into the bedroom where Hoffenkamp was holed up with a gun. Court records said he resisted fiercely and had to be stunned twice with a Taser stun gun while being subdued and handcuffed.

A search revealed seven long guns -- some of them loaded with ammunition -- in the bedroom. A loaded handgun also was found.