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Three arrested after fight in Kensington

Three suspects were charged in Douglas County District Court Tuesday with assault and other crimes stemming from an incident that happened at a Kensington residence on Sunday, March 9.

They are Chase Courneya, 21, and Tye Courneya, 18, brothers who live in Alexandria, and Tanner Mix, 23, of Cyrus.

At 5:48 p.m. dispatch received a 911 call from Jeremy Buss, who said that he’d been assaulted by three men at his house, located at 7410 Douglas County Road 1 SW, Kensington.

Buss told deputies that the Courneyas had been employees of his and that Tye believed that Buss owed him money. Buss told deputies that he didn’t owe him anything but offered to pay him just to end the matter.

Earlier that day, after arguing over the phone and through text messages, the Courneyas and Mix showed up at Buss’ house and a fight broke out, according to the criminal complaint. There was some pushing and shoving and Chase tackled Buss to the ground.

Buss, feeling threatened, pulled a gun from the back of his pants and fired a round into the ceiling. He also pointed the gun at Chase, who was on top of him, and told him to leave, according to the complaint. The suspects backed away, got into their vehicle and left.

Deputies searched the area, found their vehicle and arrested the three suspects.

Chase told deputies that Buss told them to come to his house so they could deal with the money discrepancy. He said they were invited in and Buss assaulted him.

Mix told deputies that the intention of going to Buss’ home was to collect a debt and to do so by means of intimidation, according to the complaint.

Tye said he went along with the others against his better judgment and never entered the house, according to the complaint.

Chase and Mix were charged with felony first degree burglary (entering a building without consent) and fifth-degree assault. Tye was charged with underage drinking and driving, and fifth-degree assault.

As of Wednesday, Chase and Mix remained at the Douglas County Jail. Tye Courneya paid his bail and was released.

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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