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A Redwood Falls man, Christopher William Heuer, age 33, has been sentenced in Redwood County Court for felony-level terroristic threats after barricading himself in a Redwood Falls residence last September.
According to court documents, on Sept. 12 of last year, the Redwood Falls Police Department responded to a report of a domestic incident. The victim and a witness both testified Heuer had said he would shoot himself if they called the police and take a phone from the victim so she couldn’t call 911, then left the residence.
While searching for him, law enforcement learned Heuer’s driver’s licence had been revoked and was ineligible to own a firearm, and that he already had warrants for his arrest from Lyon and Wright Counties. Meeker County officials warned Redwood officials that Heuer had a history of using controlled substances, and useing violence against law officers. Prior convictions included stalking, violation of a restraining order, controlled substance offenses, and aggravated robbery.
The next morning, at about 3:07 a.m., Renville County deputies located Heuer’s vehicle in Morton. While officers were setting up a perimeter around that residence, they received updated information that Heuer’s cell phone had pinged in the southern end of Redwood Falls. Officers were able to confirm with the resident of a home that Heuer was there.
During a phone conversation with law enforcement, Heuer refused to leave the residence, refused to state whether he had a firearm, and stated multiple times that if they tried to enter, law enforcement would have dead bodies on their conscience. Law enforcement set up a perimeter, and began evacuating residents from that neighborhood.
At about 8 a.m. on Sept. 13, the Emergency Response Unit took over. During the course of the day, law enforcement shot a number of CS powder chemical agent rounds into the residence. Heuer repeatedly refused to leave the residence until 6:18 p.m. when he was taken into custody. During a search of the residence, law enforcement found two bb guns.
On Feb. 2, Christopher William Heuer was sentenced for felony terroristic threats – reckless disregard risk and felony obstruction of the legal process for, among other penalties, a combined 199 days local confinement, up to 18 months in the correctional facility in St. Cloud, stayed for three years, three years supervised probation.