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New London man faces charges; allegedly held gun to woman’s head Thursday

WILLMAR — Sebastian Allan Amundson, 21, of New London, made his first appearance Friday on felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman’s head Thursday.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault and his next appearance is June 24 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call around 3 p.m. Thursday from a woman who reported her boyfriend had a gun and was going to harm himself.

The woman, who was at a rural residence north of New London, reported that she had left Amundson in a vehicle and had heard a gunshot as she walked to a neighboring residence.

Deputies found Amundson in the driver’s seat of a pickup at the location. He said the woman made up the story because they had broken off their relationship.

The woman was located at a neighboring residence, where she reported that Amundson was angry because they didn’t have a key to enter a gate on the property and that he didn’t like a person who had called her. She also said that he accused her of cheating on him, and took a gun from his waistband and pointed it at her face. He ordered her out of the vehicle and heard the gunshot as she walked away to the neighboring residence.

The woman said she then heard music and saw Amundson’s vehicle, and was relieved that he hadn’t shot himself.

The neighbor reported they had heard a shot from nearby, and then saw the woman walking down their driveway and later saw a red pickup drive by, with the woman identifying Amundson as the driver.

Amundson was taken into custody and deputies received a search warrant for the property. They located only an empty holster in the vehicle and a box of .38-special ammunition.

Amundson was interviewed and said that he and the woman had argued, that the issue with the gun was a misunderstanding because he only pretended to have a gun. He also said he lit off a M80 firecracker as the woman walked away.

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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