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.

John Jacob Johansen
John Jacob Johansen

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.

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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.