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Assault with firearm ends in arrest in Willmar Friday afternoon

A Willmar man was arrested Friday afternoon after Willmar Police were called to a report of an intoxicated man at a local establishment.

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WILLMAR – Willmar Police were dispatched to the Willmar American Legion about 1 p.m. Friday on the report of an intoxicated male. Officers arrived and identified the individual as Justin Eugene Quigley, 40, of Willmar.

Quigley was initially cooperative and officers gave him a courtesy ride to a residence in Southwest Willmar, according to a news release issued Friday evening. While officers were trying to find a responsible adult to care for Quigley he became hostile, kicking one officer and running into the home. Once in the home, Quigley reportedly retrieved a handgun and pointed it at the officers. Officers took cover and gave Quigley verbal commands as he re-entered the house. A short time later Quigley exited the house without the handgun and while distracted was taken into custody by additional officers that had arrived on scene.

Quigley was arrested and is currently being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail. Potential charges include first-degree assault and fourth-degree assault, according to the release issued by Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt.

A search warrant was prepared and served on the residence where officers discovered several firearms and ammunition.

Assisting Willmar Police were the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force.

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