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Kristopher Litzau faces attempted murder, assault charges for shot at people, car ramming incident


LITCHFIELD -- A Grove City man is charged with attempted murder after firing a shot early Sunday at a Grove City home.

Kristopher Keith Litzau, 22, made his first court appearance Wednesday on a charge of second-degree attempted murder by drive-by shooting, plus four second-degree assault charges, for allegedly shooting a handgun at two people in Grove City.

His next appearance is July 19 in Meeker County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $300,000 with conditional bail at $2,500.

According to the criminal complaint against Litzau, witnesses told investigators that Litzau repeatedly drove around a home and rammed another vehicle with his vehicle before stopping and firing a shot from about 25 feet away at the people. Buckshot, from a shotgun round fired from the .45-caliber Taurus Judge handgun, was located just 8 feet from where the people stood.

According to the complaint, a Meeker County sheriff's deputy was dispatched around 4:45 a.m. Sunday to Lindstrom Avenue West. While the deputy was en route, he was informed that Litzau was in possession of a handgun and was "out of control."

Witnesses said Litzau was parked outside of the home when the vehicle they were in stopped alongside. The driver and two passengers said they saw Litzau raise the .45-caliber black handgun and that he suddenly started his vehicle, striking their vehicle, when they attempted to speak to him.

Litzau allegedly drove into the vehicle again and then around the house, on the grass yard, twice more to strike the vehicle repeatedly. He ran over the foot of a 16-year-old witness during the mayhem.

After the last pass around the house, witnesses said Litzau stopped the vehicle, pointed the gun in the direction of two people and fired the weapon. The shot missed a 22-year-old woman by eight feet, ricocheted off a vehicle and struck a wall. Litzau then fled the scene.

He was arrested around 2 p.m. Tuesday at a hotel in Hutchinson, according to information from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin.

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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