Alcohol may have played a factor in Clarks Grove altercation

Published 2:35 pm Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Sunday altercation that resulted in a man firing a gun in Clarks Grove reportedly began after a dispute about a ride to the Gopher Stop, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Ronald Hanson

Ronald Hanson

Alcohol may have also been a factor.

Freeborn County District Court documents state Ronald Allen Hanson, 66, allegedly fired a 9 mm handgun into the floor of his trailer at 326 Hillcrest Circle near another man’s feet.

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The man — a friend — told authorities he had refused to give Hanson a ride to the Gopher Stop, after which Hanson allegedly pulled out the handgun, pointed it in his direction and shot it into the floor by his feet. Hanson had allegedly been drinking all day prior, according to court reports.

The man, who lives in the same trailer park, left Hanson’s residence after the shot was fired and called 911. Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies received the emergency call at about 1:06 p.m.

As deputies arrived at the residence, they reportedly saw Hanson walking west on Hillcrest Circle. A deputy approached him from behind and arrested him, court records stated.

During a search of Hanson’s trailer, deputies reportedly found a 9 mm handgun with 10 rounds remaining in a 12-round clip, along with 28 other guns. A deputy found a hole in the floor where the bullet apparently entered but did not find a shell casing or bullet.

Hanson, who appeared in court Monday in a wheelchair, faces one count of second-degree assault tied to the incident.

District Court Judge Steve Schwab ordered Hanson be held on a $5,000 conditional bond. One of the conditions of his release was to have no weapons.

If Hanson is convicted of the crime, he faces a presumptive prison sentence of one year and nine months.