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1/2/2013 11:15:00 AM
Dodge Center man charged in stand off
Roger Leo “Rocky” Papenfus
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Roger Leo “Rocky” Papenfus

By Tara Lindquist

A Dodge Center man who was involved in stand off with deputies on November 15, was formally charged in Dodge County District Court on December 21, 2012.

According the criminal complaint, on the morning of November 15, Deputy Mark Dyshaw responded to a complaint of a man walking around 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street with a shotgun firing off rounds. The complaint states the man was later identified as Roger Leo "Rocky" Papenfus of Dodge Center.

Papenfus has been charged with:

• Felon convicted crime of violence - firearm violation; • Simulated weapons of mass destruction-manuf., acquires, poss., makes accessible;

• Threats involving real or simulated weapons of mass destruction-displays;

• Dangerous weapon-discharge firearm-endanger safety;

• Dangerous weapon-discharge firearm-municipality;

• Terroristic threats-reckless disregard risk;

• Obstruct legal process-interfere w/peace officer;

• Carry BB gun/rifle/shotgun/assault weapon-public place;

• Public nuisance-annoy/injure/endanger safety.

The complaint states, when Deputy Dyshaw arrived at the scene he observed Papenfus standing at his mailbox speaking with a mail carrier with a shot gun over his shoulder. Dyshaw instructed Papenfus to put the gun down. The complaint alleges Papenfus refused to put the gun down and stated he was seeking attention and "we are under attack." Papenfus continued to refuse to put the gun down and went back into his apartment building. At that time Dyshaw took cover and called for backup.

While Dyshaw was waiting for backup, Papenfus stepped out of his front door and fired three shots at the dirt embankment that supports County Road 34. At that point deputies closed County Road 34.

The complaint states that Papenfus also came back outside his apartment building holding a cylinder type object that was approximately two feet long and looked like a pipe bomb. Several agencies were called in for back up, and after two hours of negotiations Papenfus went back outside, placed his gun on the sidewalk, sat on his front step and was taken into custody without further incident.

According to the complaint three spent rounds were located outside of the font door of the apartment building along with what appeared to be gunpowder on the face of the front door. Bullet holes were later found in an electrical box on the northwest corner of 3rd Avenue and 4th Street. Bullet holes were also found across County Road 34 from the incident, in the Dickie Equipment building.

Dodge County Prosecutor Gary Remine said the bullet traveled through the outside wall of the building, through the break room and shot through a steel I-beam before being lodged in the opposite exterior wall from the point of entry.

The complaint states Papenfus was convicted of terroristic threats in September of 2001.

The Honorable Judge Joseph Wieners has set conditional bail at $20,000 and unconditional bail at $75,000. During the bail hearing Judge Wieners also set the following conditions of release: do not leave the state of Minnesota without court approval, do not ship, transport or possess firearms or ammunition, keep court and attorney informed of current address, do not enter the city of Dodge Center and comply with psychological evolutions and treatments.

Papenfus is still being held in Steele County Jail in lieu of bail until he returns to court on January 2, 2013. He will make a plea to the charges at that time.

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