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Rochester police briefing

Replica guns

If you're going to have a pellet gun, you probably don't want to wave it around on the 4th of July.

Rochester police say at least two incidents involving those guns occurred during the holiday.

In the 1600 block of Marion Road S.E., an officer responded to a fireworks complaint. Upon approaching, the officer saw a man holding "what appeared to be an AK-47" and appearing to "rack the slide as if he was chambering a round."

The officer reported that he drew his own weapon and ordered the man to disarm. The man turned around, and yelled that it was an Airsoft gun, which is a type of pellet gun. But he did not drop it. The officer repeated the warning to drop the weapon and the man eventually did so.


At another location, near the skateboard park, street-crime officers witnessed a 15-year-old pull a weapon from a backpack for a short time and put it back inside. Turned out that, too, was an Airsoft gun.

Man arrested in drug action

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of a 25-year-old man during a "buy bust" in which the Sheriff's Department, Rochester police, the Southeast Minnesota Drug Task Force and other agencies netted about a half pound of methamphetamine.

The arrest took place in the parking lot of a large discount store in the 3400 block of 55th Street N.W.


Olmsted County Sheriff's deputies responding to an assault in progress found two bloodied men at an underpass along U.S. 52 at 85th Street N.W. early this morning.

Both had blood on their faces and hands.

One had puncture wounds that suggested he had been stabbed. A 33-year-old was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.


Disorderly conduct

Rochester police responded to a disorderly conduct call shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

About 40 people were swearing and yelling at each other when officers arrived, but there did not appear to have been a physical confrontation.

However, officers witnessed a man remove a weapon from his waistband and put it into the trunk of a car. That weapon turned out to be an actual sawed-off shotgun. He was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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