OLIVIA — A Fairfax man has pleaded guilty to three felony assault charges stemming from a March incident at a home in Fairfax.
Dane Michael VanderVoort entered a guilty plea this week in Renville County District Court to three charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Each guilty plea addresses an assault of a different person.
The sentencing date is Oct. 15.
VanderVoort was originally charged with nine felonies. The other charges included kidnapping, first-degree burglary, terroristic threats and theft of a firearm. He was also charged with using deadly force against a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer.
He is currently in custody in the Renville County Jail.
According to the complaint filed against him, VanderVoort had sent threatening text messages to a former girlfriend March 16, telling her to call people and tell them he was “taking everyone to hell tonight.”
Later in the day, the woman was at home with a female friend when VanderVoort entered the house. He carried a pistol and seized the friend’s cell phone. VanderVoort allegedly said he would start shooting if law enforcement was called.
At one point VanderVoort allegedly held the gun to his former girlfriend’s back. She was able to text her mother and ask her to call law enforcement.
According to the complaint, a Fairfax police officer knocked on the door and heard someone say “come in.” When he entered, he was confronted by VanderVoort who pointed a pistol at him from four to five feet away.
The officer, “in immediate fear for his life,” grabbed the pistol and started to struggle with VanderVoort, according to the complaint. During the fight, VanderVoort made repeated attempts to grab the officer’s duty weapon and bit the officer’s head, causing a bloody wound.
After firing a stun gun twice, the officer was able to subdue VanderVoort, who allegedly had another pistol in his back pocket. Both guns belonged to a relative who told police he had not given VanderVoort permission to use them.