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Accidental Shooting with Personal Injury

Pistol accidentally discharges injuring Sauk Centre man.

On the evening of January 4, 2020, the Sauk Centre Police Department was investigating a single vehicle crash in the 500 block of Main Street North in Sauk Centre. A white Chevrolet Silverado had left the roadway striking an electrical box.

During the crash investigation, Sauk Centre Police Officers learned an individual was at CentraCare-Sauk Centre Hospital with a gunshot wound. The gunshot occurred in the 49000 block of 400th Street in Ashley Township.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to Sauk Centre at 10:38 p.m. The preliminary investigation determined Justin Henrichs, 32, of Sauk Centre, and Jason Ruegemer, 38, of Villard, were at a residence in the 49000 block of 400th Street when a pistol Henrichs was handling accidentally discharged, striking him in the hand.

The crash took place when Ruegemer was driving Henrichs to CentraCare-Sauk Centre Hospital for treatment of Henrichs’ gunshot wound.

Henrichs’ injuries are considered non-life threatening.


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