Two arrested after shots fired at Willmar police officer early Tuesday

An officer responding to a report of a possible bullet hole in a window was shot at when several people walked up to the house. They ran when the officer shot back at them, and they were later arrested.

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WILLMAR — Two Willmar men were arrested early Tuesday after shots were fired at a Willmar Police Department officer responding to a call in southwest Willmar.

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The officer returned fire. There were no injuries.

According to a news release from Capt. Michael Anderson, the department received a call shortly before midnight about a possible bullet hole in the window of a home in the 1100 block of Third Street Southwest.

The officer was examining the window when several people walked up to the area and fired at him, according to the release. The officer shot back, and the people ran away.

Investigation into the incident led law enforcement to a house in the 600 block of Second Street Southwest, where Willmar Police Department officers and the Kandi/Meeker SWAT teams served a search warrant.


Two men, one 25 years old and one 28 years old, were arrested for first-degree assault on a peace officer.

Both men were in the Kandiyohi County Jail Tuesday morning awaiting court appearances, according to Anderson.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, the Kandiyohi County SWAT Team and CentraCare Ambulance also responded to the scene.

The case remains under investigation.

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