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Willmar man comes home to burglar, pulls gun

WILLMAR — A Willmar man drew a firearm on an alleged burglar he found in his living room Monday.

The homeowner had just returned to the 1000 block of Eighth Street Southwest in Willmar when he noticed items moved in his garage and kitchen.

Upon entering his living room, he saw a man holding a buck knife.

Shane Fellers, 37, of St. Cloud, has been charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with felony counts of first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling and burglary with a dangerous weapon, as well as a misdemeanor charge for providing a false name to a police officer.

Court documents say the homeowner drew a firearm he had a permit to carry and pointed it at the burglar for self-defense. Fellers allegedly put the knife down.

The homeowner called 911, then allowed Fellers to leave the residence. The Willmar Police Department later intercepted Fellers as he was entering a parked vehicle on Seventh Street Southwest with a female driver.

Fellers is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $70,000 unconditional bail. Fellers made his first appearance Wednesday, and his next court hearing is set for Jan. 19.