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WILLMAR -- Surveillance video recorded the events last week when shots were fired at a Willmar police officer, court documents state.

According to the criminal complaints filed against Leroy Diaz Evans, Jesus Trevino, Adrian Salinas and Arcadio Salinas Jr., the entire incident was recorded on surveillance video.

According to the complaints, Willmar police officers were called around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday to the 800 block of Second Street Southeast on a report that two Hispanic males had appeared at a residence with guns.

Several people there reported that two men had come looking for a man, demanded money, pointed their guns at them and then left.

A witness identified the men as Evans and Trevino.

Officers were dispatched to the same address around 6:50 p.m. regarding the same intruders inside the residence with guns. One of the officers pulled his vehicle into the back parking lot of the Subway restaurant and the second officer pulled his vehicle over along Second Street.

Gunshots rang out, with a bullet striking the headlight of the squad car in the parking lot.

The officer ducked down, but noted the color of the shirt of the person sitting in a parked vehicle and firing on him. The shots also struck a stop sign and a nearby home. Two of the three bullets entered the interior of the home, but no one was hurt.

The two officers gave chase as the suspects ran from the parked vehicle. Trevino was apprehended attempting to climb over a nearby fence. Evans was located walking across Second Street.

The court documents do not include information about how Adrian Salinas or Arcadio Salinas were taken into custody.

Witnesses to the second home invasion reported that three men entered their home displaying guns and demanding money. The men were wearing masks, with one of them hitting a man in the head several times with a gun.

The witnesses recognized Evans from his voice and stature and Trevino from the first intrusion.

They said the gunmen ran away when they saw the responding police squad car and then the witnesses heard multiple gunshots.

The investigation also revealed surveillance foot-age of the parking lot.

The complaint says the video shows a car pulling into the lot around 6:48 p.m. Wednesday and men identified as Trevino and Evans getting out and walking toward a residence about a block away.

Four minutes later, Evans is seen running back to the car and getting into the rear driver's side door. Trevino also returns and enters the same car door. A squad car appears and then another squad car, with both vehicles stopping as they reach the entryway to the parking lot.

At least five flashes of light come from inside the defendants' car and then three men, including Trevino, Evans and the driver, run away. The fourth man remains in the vehicle.

The complaint also notes that all four defendants gave investigators different stories about who was or was not involved and who had weapons, and all of the defendants pointed the finger at each other.

The surveillance video showed both Arcadio Salinas and Adrian Salinas in the back seat, where two handguns were found by police.

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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