ST. CLOUD — A St. Cloud man who was arrested after an eight-hour stand off with police Tuesday has been charged with 12 felonies, including nine counts of first-degree assault against a police officer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Stearns County court.
Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 37, is charged with nine counts of first-degree assault, use of deadly force against a police officer, prosecutor, judge or correction employee, two counts of felony possession of a firearm and one felony charge of committing a crime while wearing a bullet-resistant vest.
According to the criminal complaint, investigators with the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force executed a search warrant at 2700 16th Street South Tuesday after it was believed Jacobs was distributing large quantities of methamphetamine and other controlled substances out of an apartment. Jacobs was suspected of possesing firearms unlawfully, police said.
The search warrant was a knock-and-announce entry conducted during the day time, according to court records.
One of the task force leaders knocked on the door, announced the presence of law enforcement and said investigators were in possession of a search warrant, the complaint said.
According to police, Jacobs told investigators from inside the apartment he was in possession of a firearm and intended to shoot investigators.
As VOTF investigators were attempting to get other citizens from neighboring apartment units out of the building to safety, Jacobs fired one round from within the apartment and through the wall to the area where investigators were located, the complaint said. The path of the bullet travelled to where multiple investigators had been standing minutes prior. Investigators did not return fire, the complaint said.
Nine licensed police officers were in the hallway outside Jacobs' apartment. Under law a person who uses deadly force or attempts to use deadly force while an officer is engaged in the performance of duty is guilty of first-degree felony assault, which includes the intentional discharge of a firearm in the direction of another person, the complaint said.
Law enforcement negotiators spent almost five hours persuading Jacobs to exit the apartment and during these conversations Jacobs admitted to shooting at law enforcement and wearing body armor, the complaint said.
Jacobs eventually exited his apartment and was taken into custody.
During a search of the apartment law enforcement located a handgun consistent with the firearm used to discharge the round, as well as "a large amount of methamphetamine" Jacobs attempted to flush. Investigators also found an assault rifle, 20 rounds of ammunition, numerous bags of marijuana and meth, needles for consuming controlled substances, packing materials, scales and other items related to drug distribution, the complaint said.
Jacobs was previously convicted in Stearns County of felony theft by check in 2009, felony domestic assault in 2008, felony second-degree assault with a knife in 2013 and possessing ammunition as a felon in 2017. Jacobs was prohitbed from possessing any type of firearm or ammunition..
Jacobs had a court appearance scheduled for Thursday.
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