Public Service, Regulatory

Minnesota Man Faces Charges in Helo Shooting

By S.L. Fuller | September 2, 2016

A Minnesota man will face both federal and state charges for shooting at a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter during a drug reconnaissance mission earlier this month.

On Aug. 8, a CBP pilot, an FBI agent and a Polk County deputy were onboard the helicopter as part of the Minnesota Pine-to-Prairie Task Force. While flying above a man’s property on reports of a possible marijuana crop, the helicopter was struck by a bullet, shattering the window and inuring the deputy’s left arm, ribs and eyes, according to local media reports. 

That state's Clearwater District Court charged Carstie Lee Clausen Monday with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault for using deadly force against a peace officer and using a dangerous weapon in the incident. Federal charges followed.

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County Attorney Richard Mollin Jr. said that his office would allow federal proceedings to happen first.

No further hearings have been scheduled for the federal case, and a review hearing is scheduled for Sept. 28 in district court.

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