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Jury finds Austin man guilty of attempted murder

AUSTIN — A Mower County jury deliberated less than three hours today before finding an Austin man guilty of attempted murder.

Tyrone Levar Price, 29, had been charged in September with one count each of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault after he shot a man three times, seriously injuring him.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges in October, and posted $500,000 conditional bond.

Price's trial began June 9. Closing arguments were this morning, sending the case to the jury by 1:30 p.m. The verdicts were returned about 4 p.m.

Sentencing has been set for Oct. 8.


The case began Sept. 16 in the 400 block of Fourth Street Southeast in Austin, when police responded to the report of a shooting.

They found Tyrone Lee Maddox, 38, at the scene with three gunshot wounds. He was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin before being transferred to Rochester by medical helicopter.

A witness at the scene told authorities a silver, four-door vehicle left the scene shortly after the shots were heard.

Austin officers recognized the vehicle's description from past encounters and went to a known hangout of the car's owner to investigate.

A silver Jaguar was observed parked in an alley on the 800 block between Fifth and Sixth avenues in northeast Austin. Officers made a high-risk traffic stop without incident after Price was seen getting into the vehicle.

Police reportedly saw a .357 caliber bullet sitting on some insulation in an unfinished wall in Price's garage, where they later found more ammunition and a Ruger LCR .357 magnum revolver.

The Mower County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assisted with the investigation.

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