Woman involved in standoff Sunday in Spicer faces weapons charge

Kimberly Carol Kohls, 60, made her first appearance Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on a felony weapons charge. Law enforcement subdued her with non-lethal rounds Sunday and took her into custody after a standoff.

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WILLMAR — A 60-year-old woman who was subdued with non-lethal rounds and taken into custody after a standoff with law enforcement in Spicer on Sunday evening is facing one felony weapons charge.

Kimberly Carol Kohls made her first appearance Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on one count of dangerous weapons — reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality, according to the criminal complaint filed with the court.

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The court set bail at $20,000 without conditions but ordered that Kohls could be released on her own recognizance under a list of conditions that include not using or possessing firearms and meeting with a crisis counselor prior to release.

Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Officers responded to a report of shots being fired in a home on the 200 block of Fifth Avenue in Spicer around 5:54 p.m. Sunday, according to the criminal complaint. Upon arrival, law enforcement spoke with two adult family members who reside there with Kohls.

One family member has a harassment restraining order against a man, and said that Kohls and everyone else in the household have been upset over the harassing behavior, according to the criminal complaint.


Kandiyohi County Sheriff's officers used non-lethal impact rounds to take a 60-year-old female suspect into custody after responding to reports of shots being fired in a Spicer home Sunday evening.

Kohls had a handgun with her in the master bedroom of the home, and family members heard a gunshot. Kohls allegedly stated, "it just went off," according to the criminal complaint.

One of the family members struggled with Kohls over the gun at one point. Kohls maintained control over the gun but was pushed to the floor, according to the criminal complaint.

Hearing the commotion, the other family member came in from the garage and found Kohls on the bedroom floor. She had the gun and was pointing it at the ceiling above his head when she fired it the second time, according to the criminal complaint.

He told law enforcement that he did not believe Kohls was trying to hurt him, but the gunshot gave him "a hell of a scare."

He also told law enforcement he did not hear Kohls threaten anyone, according to the criminal complaint.

When law enforcement arrived, Kohls initially refused to exit the home, according to a news release issued Monday by Kandiyohi County Sheriff Eric Holien.

After Kandiyohi-Meeker SWAT Team used a loudspeaker system, she finally exited the home but was not fully compliant. Officers deployed non-lethal impact rounds and Kohls was subdued without further incident, according to the release.

Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the City of Willmar, and business.

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