Illinois man charged in I-35 shooting incident

Published 5:22 pm Friday, December 4, 2009

The 31-year-old Moline, Ill., man who was apprehended after a shooting incident with a Minnesota State Patrol trooper Wednesday morning on Interstate 35 was charged in Steele County District Court Friday with four criminal counts related to the incident.

The man, Aubreon Hubert, was charged with fourth-degree assault of a police officer, fleeing a police officer by a means other than a motor vehicle, fifth-degree assault, and possession of more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle.

Hubert was arrested after fleeing state trooper Doug Rauenhorst and aiming what the trooper believed to be a gun. A Steele County Sheriff’s Office release does not state Hubert fired the gun, only that the trooper believed Hubert had a gun.

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According to the release, investigation has shown that at about 10:36 a.m. Wednesday, Steele County officers and deputies heard radio traffic from Rauenhorst calling out “10-33” or emergency traffic only at mile marker 33, just north of the Hope exit.

Rauenhorst called out that shots had been fired and radioed that Hubert was traveling westbound through a field toward a farm site.

The trooper stated he stopped Hubert on the interstate. During the traffic stop, Rauenhorst immediately noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the release states.

Rauenhorst asked Hubert to exit the vehicle, after which Hubert ran from the automobile to the south. The man then turned to the west, through the ditch and toward a tree line.

Rauenhorst ordered Hubert to stop, but according to the release, when Hubert cleared the tree line, “he stopped and turned and then raised his hands to his chest/chin area.”

The trooper described a black object in Hubert’s hands, which he thought was a gun, the release continues.

“Hubert’s actions led trooper Rauenhorst to believe he was going to be shot by Hubert, which placed both himself and the traffic traveling behind him in danger,” according to the release.

Rauenhorst discharged his firearm at Hubert but did not strike him.

Hubert then ran from the area, westbound into a field where he was apprehended.

During a search of Hubert’s vehicle after the arrest, officers found about 7 grams of marijuana in the rear passenger-side floor.