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$1 million unconditional bond set for Brainerd man

A 63-year-old Brainerd man, who allegedly brandished a loaded shotgun with law enforcement, was escorted out of the courtroom Wednesday after swearing at the judge.

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63-year-old Larry Prahm, who allegedly brandished a loaded shotgun with law enforcement, was escorted out of the courtroom Wednesday after swearing at the judge.

A 63-year-old Brainerd man, who allegedly brandished a loaded shotgun with law enforcement, was escorted out of the courtroom Wednesday after swearing at the judge.

Larry Walter Prahm made his first appearance before Judge David Ten Eyck in Crow Wing County District Court. The judge set unconditional bond at $1 million for Prahm who is the defendant in a criminal case that began with a dog killing chickens and ended in a short stand-off between the suspect and authorities.

In court, Prahm objected to the time of a court hearing as he needed more time to consult with his attorney. According to court documents, the judge warned Prahm about talking as he may say something that may incriminate himself. However, Prahm kept talking and used profanity in court, according to court documents. Prahm then was escorted out of the courtroom, at which time Ten Eyck set his next hearing at 9 a.m. Sept. 23.

Prahm faces eight charges:

• Two counts of serious felony first-degree assault with use of a deadly weapon against a peace officer and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon;

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• Four counts of making terroristic threats, obstructing the legal process, fourth-degree assault of a peace officer demonstrating bodily harm or throwing bodily fluids or feces and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

• Two gross misdemeanors counts of fourth-degree assault of physically assaulting a peace officer and obstructing the legal process.

Prahm was arrested Monday at his residence on Gilbert Trail near Blakeman Road in Brainerd, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office was called at 9:07 p.m. Monday by a citizen who reported there was a dog in his chicken pen, killing chickens. Upon deputy's arrival, the deputy was able to secure the dog and obtain the owner's information from the collar on the dog. Deputies learned the dog owner was Prahm.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Prahm, he disagreed with Crow Wing County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Larson as to how restitution for the chickens would be handled. The disagreement escalated into a physical altercation where Prahm punched Larson in the jaw and scratched his throat, the complaint said. The deputy was unable to deploy his stun gun and Prahm got back in his vehicle and fled the scene.

Prahm parked his vehicle in the garage, closed the door and fled inside the house. The sheriff's department arrived at the residence a short time later and made contact with the defendant. Deputies spoke briefly with Prahm through the door of his house informing him he was under arrest. After a short time, Prahm was seen inside the residence by deputies loading a firearm. At this time, deputies retreated and established a secure perimeter around the residence. The Crow Wing County Tactical Team was dispatched along with the Crow Wing County Negotiation Team.

The complaint said Prahm had a shotgun and he put two rounds in it. Prahm then came out of the main door of the residence and stood outside the door holding the shotgun. When officers ordered him to put his gun down, he took the gun back into the residence, the complaint said.

Prahm's son, who was with the officers, made phone contact with Prahm and helped persuade him to come out of the residence peacefully, the complaint said. Prahm surrendered to law enforcement and was booked into the Crow Wing County Jail, the sheriff's office said.

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JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 218-855-5851. Follow me at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl on Twitter.

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