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Brothers face assault, weapons charges after incident in Kerkhoven, Minn.

KERKHOVEN -- Two brothers made their first court appearances Tuesday on felony assault and weapons possession charges for their roles in allegedly shooting a man in the face with a BB gun and then striking him with the stock of the gun Sunday afternoon at a Kerkhoven residence.

Jose Juan Dominguez Jr., 21, of Kerkhoven, faces three felony charges of second-degree assault, reckless discharge of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime. He also faces a second-degree drug possession charge for 24.6 grams of cocaine found in his residence when Swift County sheriff's deputies served a search warrant after the assault incident.

Unconditional bail was set at $60,000 in the assault case and $100,000 in the drug file. His next appearance is May 21 in Swift County District Court.

Juan Carlos Dominguez, 19, of Kerkhoven, faces two felony charges of second-degree assault and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime, plus a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. His unconditional bail was set at $60,000. His next appearance is May 20.

According to the court complaints against the men and a news release from the Swift County Sheriff's Office, officers were called around 5:15 p.m. Sunday to the 200 block of 10th Street South and found a 31-year-old man who had a BB-sized hole in his forehead and whose face was covered in blood and swollen.

The man and a witness reported that they had walked over to the Dominguez residence and that Jose Dominguez had pointed a gun at them and told them to get off the yard before shooting the man in the forehead.

The man was checked by Kerkhoven Ambulance personnel and then released. He was later taken by private vehicle to the hospital for further examination.

Juan Dominguez was arrested at the scene and would not provide his name or answer questions from deputies. Jose Dominguez was located at a nearby residence and arrested.

Jose allegedly told deputies that the victim and the witness had made his brother mad by asking for a ride to Willmar and that's when he shot the gun, claiming that the crooked barrel caused the pellet to hit the man in the face. Jose said that Juan hit the victim with the butt of the gun.

Jose Dominguez also allegedly said that the incident happened when the victim and the witness changed their minds about providing cocaine in return for the ride to Willmar to get the drugs.

The search warrant was served around 10 p.m. and revealed the firearm, a pellet gun, used in the assault, another pellet gun and drug paraphernalia, along with 24.6 grams of cocaine in a bedroom where officers found mail addressed to Jose Dominguez.

Jose Dominguez has a prior conviction for third-degree drug sales in Renville County. Juan Dominguez has a prior juvenile adjudication for terroristic threats in Swift County.

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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