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Garfield man shot during disturbance

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Douglas County sheriff's deputies shot a man multiple times during a disturbance at a Garfield home late Sunday night.

The incident began at 10:51 p.m. Sunday when Frances Benson called 911 and requested law enforcement to remove two unwanted guests from her home at 9145 County Road 8 NW, Garfield.

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She told dispatch that her 30-year-old son, Jonathan Patrick Benson, who also lived in the home, was armed with a shotgun and was threatening others.

Deputies responded to the scene and tried to talk with Jonathan Benson but he didn't cooperate and withdrew into the basement of the home, according to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen.

A short time later, Jonathan Benson, armed with a long gun, confronted deputies. After he didn't comply with their commands, three deputies fired at him, striking him multiple times, Wolbersen said.

Benson was taken to the Douglas County Hospital and later air lifted to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Authorities were informed Monday that Benson's injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.

He is being held and charges are expected, Wolbersen said, adding that the time frame of the charges will depend on Benson's medical condition.

Assisting the sheriff's office at the scene were the Alexandria Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol and North Ambulance.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation.

"This investigation is active and ongoing and some details are being withheld until the initial investigation is complete," Wolbersen stated in a news release. "Additional details will be released as the investigation continues."

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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