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Man faces felony charges for shooting firearm in the city

WILLMAR -- A 32-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Thursday on two felony charges for discharging a firearm in the city for allegedly shooting a .22-caliber rifle at a rabbit. The bullet penetrated the exterior and interior wa-lls of a nearby home.

Jeremy Allen Amundson also faces a misdemeanor game and fish charge for attempting to take a rabbit out of season. Unconditional bail was set at $5,000. Conditional release was allowed on his personal recognizance. He was ordered not to possess firearms.

His next court date in Kandiyohi County District Court is Aug. 5.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer was called to a home in the city's southwest quadrant around 9:20 p.m. April 20.

The owners of the home reported that they'd found a bullet hole through the exterior wall, through a closet, then through an interior wall and into another closet. The bullet had stopped against a box in the closet. Another man at the home had dislodged the bullet, which was a .22-caliber with rifling marks.

The officer followed the trajectory of the bullet to Amundson's home and talked with him.

Amundson allegedly denied shooting a gun, but said he owned a shotgun and a .22 rifle, which he showed the officer. When the officer asked to see the clip from the gun and showed Amundson the bullet, he allegedly admitted to shooting at a rabbit from his front patio and missing the animal.

He said he'd shot once, around noon that day.

The complaint also notes that the last rabbit season in the state was Sept. 19, 2009, to Feb. 28 and that the next season will not open until September.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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