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Stephen J. Lee, Forum Communications , Published October 23 2012

Minn. man charged with trying to kill sheriff’s deputy

WARREN, Minn. – A Warren man is accused of assaulting and attempting to kill a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy last week by firing a shotgun toward the deputy at close range.

Shawn Alvin Lossing, 22, made his first appearance Tuesday in state district court in Warren, charged with nine counts.

Two of the most serious ones – attempted murder and assaulting an officer – each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The charge of assaulting an officer also carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.

Because Lossing was convicted of a drug crime as a juvenile, he also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, which has a maximum sentence of 10 years and a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, said Marshall County Attorney Michael Williams.

Lossing pleaded not guilty Tuesday to all count. Judge Jeffrey Remick set his preliminary hearing for Nov. 13.

According to the court complaint, deputies responded just before 9 p.m. Oct. 16 to the house in Warren where Lossing lives with his mother and her husband.

She had called 911 after Lossing, in a drunken rage, began breaking dishes and other things, swearing at her and pushing her around. She hid in her bedroom, leaning against the door, but he bashed through the wood using the butt of a shotgun, according to Deputy Randy Olson’s written complaint.

Deputies arrived and found Lossing had briefly left the house; he soon came crashing through the back door, brandishing a shotgun.

Deputy Troy Brekke approached Lossing, who began pointing the barrel of the Harrington & Richardson single-shot .410 shotgun toward Brekke’s middle. The deputy was able to grab the barrel of the gun and point it toward the ceiling as Lossing fired the gun, Olson says.

Brekke threw the gun one way and Lossing the other. Brekke and Deputy Cody Gillund then struggled with Lossing and were able to restrain him.

Deputies observed red marks on Lossing’s mother’s face, and she told them Lossing had pushed her around during his drunken tirade. She said she had emptied her son’s bottle of brandy to try to stop his drinking, which angered him more.

Prosecutor Williams also charged Lossing with misdemeanor counts of domestic assault with intent to cause fear for attacking his mother and of damaging the house owned by her and her husband. He’s also charged with attempted second-degree manslaughter, with a maximum penalty of five years, for pointing the gun toward Brekke and firing; and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, which has a top penalty of seven years in prison.

Some possible illegal drugs were found in the house, but no related charges have been filed pending testing of the substances, Williams said.

The prosecutor said he asked Remick to set bail at $500,000; the judge set it at $250,000 cash or surety, adding an alternative that for posting $100,000 in cash, Lossing could be released without conditions.

Lossing was represented at Tuesday’s hearing by attorney Kip Fontaine.


Stephen J. Lee writes for the Grand Forks Herald