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Crookston man pleads guilty to officer shooting

CROOKSTON -- A northwest Minnesota man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two attempted murder charges for shooting at deputies at a farm and six other charges as part of a plea agreement.

CROOKSTON - A northwest Minnesota man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two attempted murder charges for shooting at deputies at a farm and six other charges as part of a plea agreement.
Michael Jon Perry, 23, of Crookston was accused of shooting at officers last September at a farm south of Crookston.
According to an amended criminal complaint filed in Polk County District Court Tuesday, Perry faced 14 charges, including four counts of attempting to murder a peace officer in the first degree, four counts of attempting to assault a peace officer in the first degree and one felony count of intentional discharge of a firearm.
The other charges were misdemeanor domestic assault, gross misdemeanor unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of substances with the intent to manufacture meth, possession of a controlled substance and driving while impaired.
The Polk County Court Administrator’s Office said Perry pleaded guilty though a plea deal to two of the attempted murder charges, two of the assault charges, the felony firearm charge, the domestic assault charge, the two drug-related charges and the DWI.
Perry’s sentencing is set for the week of July 20. Typically through plea agreements, the remaining charges are dismissed.
The court administrator’s office employee could not confirm Perry’s maximum sentence, but local news stations reported Perry faces up to 21 years in prison as part of the plea deal.
According to the criminal complaint, each attempt to commit murder charge alone holds a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
The Sept. 18 shootout leading to Perry’s arrested happened after Perry’s brother called 911 to report Perry was intoxicated, violent and threatening to shoot police if they came to the house.
According to court documents, Polk County sheriff’s deputies heard gunfire as they approached the farm at 28409 300th St. S.W., rural Crookston.
Bullets began to strike the ground around the deputies, coming from the house’s second floor.
A bullet struck one deputy’s bullet-resistant vest, and another deputy’s vest was grazed by a bullet. Neither deputy was injured.
After off-and-on shooting, Perry tried to flee the house in a pickup. Officers shot at the pickup, and eventually hit Perry, who was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman said Wednesday she does not want to comment on the case until Perry has been sentenced.
Officer-involved shootings are uncommon in northwest Minnesota, and no others have occurred in Polk County in recent years.

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