ALBERT LEA, Minn. - What began as a somewhat routine call for service early Sunday morning evolved into a police officer and two others being shot, a standoff, and ultimately a surrender that left residents of an apartment complex on edge.
The end result was a 21-year-old Albert Lea man being taken into custody after he fired rounds at first responders who were attempting to resolve the situation. Getting to that point took nearly nine hours and an evacuation of a large apartment complex with an active shooter on the scene.
Multiple agencies are on the scene of a standoff Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Albert Lea after a gunman shot a police officer and two others. KIMT photo.
The Albert Lea Police Department announced 21-year-old Devin Matthew Weiland, of Albert Lea, is in custody. Early on Sunday night, Weiland was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic after authorities fired at him inside the Shady Oaks apartment complex.
Weiland was booked into the Freeborn County Jail just before midnight on charges of second-degree assault (dangerous weapon, substantial bodily harm). More charges are possible, pending review by the county attorney.
It began when the Albert Lea Police Department responded to a possible noise complaint or weapons violation at 2:18 a.m. in the area of 800 4th Ave. S.
That's when the officer was ambushed, according to police. The officer was hit and suffered an injury to the chest while two other shots hit the squad car. The officer was treated and released.
"Upon arrival, a suspect shot at an ALPD officer multiple times; at least two impacts to the squad and one impacting the officer. The officer was able to tactically relocate to a safe zone, assess possible injuries, and drive directly to the ER. Additional officers responded and established a perimeter," police said.
After that, the individual inside the complex was randomly shooting with a high-powered rifle in the direction of law enforcement. The multi-level complex was cleared except for the shooter and electricity was shut off to the building.
"At one point during the active shooter incident, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper discharged their firearm. Mr. Weiland sustained shrapnel injuries but it is unknown at this time whether he was shot. Mr. Weiland then surrendered to law enforcement and was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital – St. Mary’s Campus where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries" the Minnesota BCA said Sunday night.
There were two additional male victims (ages 38 and 52) in the shooting with both being transported by air to Rochester. The Minnesota BCA said Sunday night both have non-life-threatening injuries. One of the victims was driving by the complex when he was shot.
Most occupants of the apartment complex were allowed to return Sunday. Those who didn't had hotels provided for them for the night.
Agencies involved in the response to the active shooter situation included the South Central Drug Investigation Unit; River Valley Tactical Team; Austin/Mower Special Incident Response Team; Minnesota State Patrol Special Response Team; Washington County SWAT Team; the Freeborn, Dodge, Mower, Steele and Waseca County sheriff’s offices; the Albert Lea, Waseca, Owatonna and Minneapolis police departments; Albert Lea Fire Rescue; Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service; Mayo Clinic Health System (Albert Lea); Freeborn, Mower, Winona and Dodge County emergency management agencies; and Freeborn County Public Health.
Conditions of victims:
ALPD Officer - Treated & Released.
Adult Male (1968) - Transported to MCHS-AL, flown to Rochester.
Adult Male (38) - Transported to MCHS-AL, flown to Rochester.