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Winona man arrested for firing shots and damaging property


WINONA, Minn. (WXOW) -- A Winona man in jail Friday after firing a rifle and causing about $1,000 in damage.

Police arrested Aaron Gregory Rudolphi, 28, after officers said he was the person behind suspected gun shots heard coming from an alley behind 276 Center Street in Winona just before 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

According to a police statement, Rudolphi had been drinking before his arrest. He told officers he was shooting at people near where they were. The officers determined that the people Rudolphi was talking about didn't exist.

When police arrived on scene, they found Rudolphi sitting in the passenger's seat of a vehicle. The driver, a 27-year-old female, told police she was concerned for Rudolphi and arrived to check on his welfare. She told police she convinced Rudolphi to put the gun away.

Officers recovered a loaded AR-15 .223 caliber rifle and a box of .223 caliber ammunition from the trunk of the vehicle. Five spent .223 caliber shell casings were recovered from the porch area of 276 Center Street.

Police said the fence and ground tarp around St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 265 Lafayette Street, had about $1,000 dollars in damage from at least one of the rounds. No other damage was immediately observed.

Rudolphi is facing charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, first-degree criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, and having a loaded/uncased firearm in a motor vehicle.

The woman was not charged in the incident.

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