A 31-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after an hours-long standoff ended when he was shot with pepper balls and other less lethal rounds.
Scott Donald Tester, of rural Chatfield, had at least two out of Olmsted County District Court for his arrest on charges of second-degree assault, felony theft and fifth-degree controlled substance crime, according to Olmsted County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Behrns.
Court records indicate that Tester pleaded guilty to those charges and was given a stayed prison sentence and five years of supervised probation as well as an order to participate in Veterans Court.
Warrants were issued for Tester on Sept. 25 after he failed to appear in court for a hearing in two cases.
Law enforcement learned Tuesday afternoon that Tester be at a residence in Northwest Rochester. Deputies and members of the Rochester Police Department arrived shortly after tester left the residence but were able to locate his vehicle about 30 minutes later at 3:49 p.m. at Valleyhigh Drive Northwest near 60th Avenue Northwest, according to Behrns.
Tester reportedly took off running into a field with a knife and a small hatchet. As deputies and officers followed him, he reportedly made comments that he wanted "suicide by cop," Behrns said.
Law enforcement followed Tester to a wood line along Valleyhigh Drive and a standoff began. A portion of the road was closed as deputies and officers closed a perimeter around Tester, who was actively holding a knife to his own throat, Behrns said.
A deputy attempted to negotiate with Tester for about two hours and while the negotiation were considered successful because the situation had not escalated and he had not harmed himself. Tester had not come out of the wood line.
As darkness approached, law enforcement executed a "tactical plan" and fired pepper balls, which are essentially paint balls filled with tear gas instead of paint, at Tester. He allegedly then grabbed for his hatchet and law enforcement fired less lethal projectiles, foam round, at the man.
Tester was evaluated by an ambulance before he was taken to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. In addition to the warrants, he was issued a misdemeanor citation for obstructing the legal process.
A court date on the warrant matters has not yet been scheduled, according to court records.