Hastings man told police he was shooting at people who had come to kill him, had used meth, charges say

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Sep. 25—A Hastings man told police he thought he was shooting people who had come to kill him when he barricaded himself in his apartment Tuesday and shot through the ceiling and walls, authorities said.

Brian David Lusk, 38, was charged Friday in Dakota County District Court with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and with intentionally discharging a firearm that endangered safety.

According to the criminal complaint, sheriff deputies were dispatched to an apartment building in the 19000 block of Lena Avenue in Marshan Township about 10 p.m. Tuesday after a man, later identified as Lusk, whispered to the 911 dispatcher that he could hear the people upstairs planning to kill him.

When officers arrived, it took them some time to figure out from which apartment he had been calling. When they found Lusk, he claimed he was in the bathroom hiding from the killers and told police to kick the door down, according to the criminal complaint. They did not, but rather continued trying to get him to answer the door himself.

When he did not respond to the door or to calls or texts, officers went back outside to determine what they would do next.

They heard a gunshot come from inside the apartment. During the next several hours, Lusk fired many more times, according to the complaint. One resident reported a bullet hole in the floor of his apartment. An officer said a bullet struck a tree near where the officer was standing, the complaint states.

Officers were able to evacuate residents from surrounding apartments and called SWAT to assist with its Bearcat armored vehicle.

Lusk refused to come out of his apartment and continued firing, sometimes as a single shot and sometimes as a string of fire. Two more shots were directed at officers, the complaint states.

When Lusk failed to comply with police commands, SWAT officers entered the building about 3 a.m. At that point Lusk came out the front door holding an AR-15 style rifle. He was ordered to drop the gun and was taken into custody, the complaint states.

Using a warrant, officers searched the apartment and saw multiple bullet holes in the walls and ceiling of Lusk's residence. No one in the surrounding apartments and no officers were injured.

Lusk told officers he had heard two men and his ex-girlfriend plotting against him. He believed they were inside the apartment and were going to kick in the bathroom door where he was hiding. He denied trying to shoot officers and admitted to using methamphetamine, the complaint states.

Lusk's criminal record shows he pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree assault charge in 2003 as well as four DWI convictions.

As of Friday, Lusk was being held at the Dakota County Jail. His next court appearance is Oct. 20.

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