Not guilty plea in Freeborn County shovel attack

Tyler Christensen
Tyler Christensen

Man accused of hitting his brother and firing a rifle.

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 3:30 PM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A Freeborn County man accused of hitting his brother with a shovel is pleading not guilty.

Tyler Dain Christensen, 30 of Albert Lea, is charged with 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon and intentional discharge of a firearm. He was arrested on August 29 after Albert Lea police and the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots fired.

Authorities say it appears an argument over family issues turned into a physical fight where Tyler Christensen hit his brother in the back with a shovel and told his brother he was going to get a gun. The brother told law enforcement that as he got into his vehicle to leave, he heard a shot.

Police and deputies surrounded the building where Tyler Christensen was and he was arrested without trouble. Court documents say

Christensen admitted to firing a rifle in the air to scare his brother into leaving.

No trial date has been set.

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