Brainerd man faces criminal charges involving a gun
Report of hearing a female screaming, possibly saying, “Stop it,” and then hearing a gunshot prompts police response.
A 34-year-old Brainerd man is accused of firing a gun inside a residence while four children under the age of 10 were present.
John Jacob Johnasen was charged Monday, April 5, in Crow Wing County District Court for felony intentionally discharging a dangerous weapon endangering others and gross misdemeanor domestic assault.
According to the criminal complaint, Brainerd police were called at 10 p.m. Friday to a report of a female screaming, possibly saying, “Stop it,” followed by a gunshot. Officers went to a Brainerd residence where there had been past domestic violence contacts. Upon arrival, officers received another call for a welfare check at the residence with a report that Johnasen had been shooting a firearm in the residence where children were present ages 10, 9, 8 and 6.
Officers made contact with Johansen and located a firearm with a round in the chamber in the bedroom. Officers were allowed to search the residence where they located a bullet hole that appeared to have been shot in the direction of the living room or childrens’ rooms. A woman known to Johnasen confirmed she was in the living room when the shot was fired and the children were in their bedroom.
The woman stated she and Johnasen had been arguing when he took out a gun. She became afraid, got the children and left the residence and after that she heard the gunshot.
Johansen is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail on $30,000 cash bail with no conditions or $10,000 bail with conditions. Conditions of release include he may not enter the victim’s residence, have no contact with the victims and he would need to have a police escort to enter the residence. He also may not possess any firearms, alcohol or drugs and follow the domestic abuse-no contact order filed against him.
His next court hearing is scheduled for April 28.