Man charged in Isanti road rage shooting

1:16 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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ISANTI, Minn. - A 71-year-old man with a history of road rage incidents is charged with first and second degree assault and one count of attempted manslaughter after allegedly shooting a motorcyclist in the face Saturday.

Joseph Kadlec of Cambridge faces a total of four felonies in the weekend incident.

Isanti Police were dispatched to a report of a fight in the parking lot right outside their department. As two officers exited the building they heard a gunshot, then saw a man in his 20's holding on to his face.

That man, Kyle Ronning of Columbia Heights, had been shot in the chin just below his lip. His teeth were shattered, and tissue was severely damaged. An officer noticed what appeared to be a bullet lodged below Ronning's ear.

Ronning and a friend were riding motorcycles; there was also a car in the lot. An officer questioned the driver of that vehicle, who turned out to be Joseph Kadlec. Kadlec admitted there was a road rage incident on Highway 65, The officer recovered a 9 mm handgun from the front seat of Kadlec's car.

A witness later contacted police and told them he witnessed the roadrage incident firsthand. The witness said Kadlec repeatedly swerved his car at the two motorcycles as they attempted to pass him, after which one of the cyclists gave Kadlec the finger and kicked the door of his car.

The motorcyclists then followed Kadlec as he turned right at the corner of Highway 65 and County Road 5, and then proceeded to the police department parking lot where the shooting took place.

A search of Joseph Kadlec's criminal record shows he has been involved in five previous road rage incidents dating back to 2008.

If found guilty on the most serious charge Kadlec faces 20 years in prison.

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