Former Upper Sioux police chief charged with assault using a weapon
CLARKFIELD — The former chief of the Upper Sioux Police Department is facing criminal charges in an incident where a gun was fired in a Clarkfield home, court records said.
A complaint alleges that on April 15, Christopher Allen Lee, 53, kicked at and shot the door of a bedroom where another resident of the home was.
Lee served as Upper Sioux Police chief for about 15 years. Upper Sioux Community Chairman Kevin Jensvold said Tuesday that Lee was relieved of his duties on April 15, and is no longer employed with the Upper Sioux Police.
Lee appeared in Yellow Medicine County District Court on Monday on charges of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of discharging a firearm, and domestic assault charges.
A complaint alleges that on April 15, Lee tried to enter a bedroom where another resident of the home was, but the door was locked. The complaint alleges that Lee started kicking the door with the resident on the other side of it, and then shot through the door.
The complaint alleges that law enforcement found a gun on Lee’s dresser that was found to have been fired.
At Monday’s hearing, bail for Lee was set at $150,000 bail or bond without conditions, or $40,000 bail or bond with conditions including that Lee not have contact with the alleged victim, abstain from alcohol and drugs and does not possess firearms, court records said.
A future hearing date was set for June 27, court records said.
Jensvold said Tuesday that Dan DeSmet was appointed as chief of police for the Upper Sioux Police Department on Friday.