OWATONNA — Owatonna police arrested a man armed with a loaded handgun Saturday morning after the man allegedly fired a gun or guns in and around his house.
Patrick Rose was charged Monday morning with Dangerous Weapon-Discharge of a Firearm within a Municipality for firing a gun or guns in or near his home in the 1500 block of Prairie Lane NE in Owatonna. The charge is a felony.
Police were called to the scene after a neighbor reported that he had seen Rose first with a gun, then shortly after he saw a second gun on Rose’s lawn, though Rose was nowhere to be seen, according to the criminal complaint.
When the police arrived, they heard multiple shots coming from Rose’s home, including shots heard from inside the residence, the complaint says.
Police then saw Rose come around to the north side of the house holding a handgun. An officer held at Rose to drop the weapon, but at first Rose turned toward the officers with the gun still in his hand. He held the gun for another second or two, then dropped it as he was backing up, according to the complaint.
The officers described Rose as having rapid and incoherent speech and dilated eyes and was sweaty.
According to the complaint, Rose told police, “I was shooting at the people in my house. There is a half a dozen guys in my house. I was shooting at my daughter.”
There is nothing in the report to suggest that anyone else was in the house at the time.
Three guns were recovered at the scene, including a loaded handgun with a round in the chamber.
When the officers interviewed the neighbor, the neighbor told them that he started hearing what he thought to be gunshots at about 6:15 Saturday morning. He also told police that he heard “probably twelve shots over the course of about 45 minutes,” the complaint says.
The neighbor also told police that at one point he heard someone walking in his backyard and then saw Rose, armed with a handgun, next to a tree in the reporting party’s yard. The neighbor’s wife looked out and Rose was gone, but a rifle lay in the yard, the neighbor told police.
“Moments later I saw him come out again, fire off two rounds and then walk around the north side of his house to the front,” the neighbor told police.
Police took Rose to the Owatonna Hospital for a blood test, the results of which are not yet available. Rose currently is being held at the Steele County Detention Center.
If convicted, Rose faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.