MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis man is facing a landslide of legal trouble following a 9-hour police standoff that allegedly began with the defendant firing a weapon at a neighbor.
Jelani Abiola Jernigan, age 25, is charged with assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and one count of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He is being held at the Hennepin County Jail.
Minneapolis Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of Aldrich Avenue North March 8 on reports of a person with a gun. A dispatcher was told the suspect was shooting at people in the neighborhood.
One victim told responding officers that he was standing in front of his house across the street from the suspect's residence when Jernigan began to swear at him. Moments later the suspect walked inside his residence, retrieved a shotgun, came back outside and fired two shots at his neighbor. That man ran inside and called police.
The victim told officers that the night before he and Jernigan got into an argument. As the victim was walking away, he heard the suspect fire one round from a shotgun.
Before squads arrived on scene the suspect fled into his house and for the next nine hours held officers at bay. Police set up a perimeter around the house and cordoned off several square blocks as they attempted to negotiate with the Jernigan to come out peacefully.
During conversations with suspect officers noted that he was making irrational and delusional statements and said that he was not going to be taken alive.
Swat officers eventually heard several gun shots being fired inside the house. In an attempt to end the situation, they fired numerous tear gas canisters inside the residence. When this failed to resolve the standoff police deployed a bobcat device that made a large hole in the wall of the residence. At that point Jernigan fled the home, and officers on the perimeter were able to apprehend him.
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