Guilty plea in Austin shooting investigation

Samantha Bennett Samantha Bennett

Authorities say a man shot at his car.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 3:00 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A guilty plea has been entered in a stolen car report that turned into a shooting investigation.

Samantha Grace Bennett, 35, and Christopher Edward Coleman, 32, were arrested in early January. Bennett has now pleaded guilty to aiding an offender while Coleman is scheduled to stand trial on June 11 for one count of violent felon in possession of a firearm.


Christopher Coleman

Austin police say Coleman flagged down some officers the evening of January 7 and said his car had been stolen. Police say Coleman told them he was at his home in the 100 block of 2nd Street SE and saw someone driving away in his car. According to court documents, Coleman said the people inside the car started shooting out the window.

Police say they found four 9 millimeter shell casings and broken glass in a parking area near Coleman’s home. His car was then found, parked and running, in the 200 block of 1st Street SE. Police say three .22 caliber shell casings were on the driver’s seat.

Investigators say they believe someone at Coleman’s home shot at the car and a search found a 9 millimeter handgun rolled up inside a piece of carpet. According to police, Bennett says Coleman told her to hide the gun.

Court records show Coleman has previous convictions for violent felonies on his record.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 31°
Albert Lea
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 33°
Austin
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 34°
Charles City
Broken Clouds
41° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 33°
Rochester
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 30°
Tracking sunshine for the start of the week.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Tracking A Sunny Start to the Work Week

Image

Budget deal reached in St. Paul

Image

MIDWEST MYOTONIC (FAINTING) GOAT SHOW

Image

Cross country bike racing takes place in Mason City

Image

New bike lockers come to Rochester

Image

Fishermen look for a bite in the 30th Annual Walleye Classic in Clear Lake

Image

Thanking retired service members

Image

Drone video: Major damage to Mason City's Mohawk Square

Image

Clear Lake's Farmers Market

Image

Drone video: Mohawk Square damage 2

Community Events