McLeod County Deputy indicted in shooting

5:02 PM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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GLENCOE, Minn. - A McLeod County Deputy is scheduled to go on trial in January after being indicted by a grand jury in connection with the shooting of a drug suspect.

The McLeod County Sheriff's Office says Deputy Mark Eischens was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings, which is standard procedure.

Eischens shot and wounded a man while executing a search warrant at a rural Glencoe residence in April. Lee Ondracek, age 58, was taken to the Hutchinson Hospital for treatment of his injuries. 

Ondracek was released and taken to the McLeod County Jail pending 5th-degree controlled substance charges. 

The criminal investigation of the officer-involved shooting was handled by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who turned their results over to the McLeod County Attorney's Office.

A Grand Jury was then convened to review the case, and returned an indictment against Deputy Eischens October 19. He is charged with second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, fifth degree assault with intent to inflict bodily harm, use/possession of a deadly weapon and intentional discharge of a firearm.

Eischens was hired by McLeod County in October of 2001. The Sheriff's Office says there he has faced no disciplinary action in his time on the departmentk, and received letters of recognition and appreciation in 2008.


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