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Southwest Minn. man charged with attempted murder for shooting gas station employee in the face

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WILLMAR, Minn. – A Fairfax man is being held in the Renville County Jail after he allegedly shot a male employee and threatened a female employee Jan. 11 at a Fairfax service station.

The man who was shot, a 55-year-old from Hector, has a bullet lodged at the base of his skull that is considered inoperable, according to court records.

Michael John Klatt, 59, faces three felony charges – first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault causing bodily harm and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to court records, Klatt brought his vehicle to the Weis Oil-Smart Mart on Jan. 8. While there, he allegedly spoke to the male employee about a female employee who ended a relationship with Klatt.

Klatt came to the business Jan. 11 with a loaded .22-caliber rifle and alternated pointing it at the man and woman. After Klatt tried to force the two into an office, the man grabbed the rifle when it was pointed toward the woman.

Klatt is accused of discharging the rifle. The bullet caused significant damage to the male employee’s finger and entered his face beside his nose.

The man disarmed Klatt and beat him into unconsciousness, documents state. He then secured the rifle. During the incident, the magazine came out of the rifle, showing 11 unspent rounds.

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