Laumann charged with attempted murder in Marshall standoff

MARSHALL — Criminal charges have been filed against the man arrested after a multi-hour police standoff on East Main Street in Marshall this week. Paul Kenneth Laumann, 63, made his first appearance in Lyon County District Court via Zoom on Friday.

Laumann is charged with first degree attempted murder, first degree assault, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, making terroristic threats, and reckless discharge of a firearm in a municipality.

A criminal complaint alleges Laumann shot at a Marshall Police officer at his residence on East Main Street, and then later shot through a window at an officer standing by an Emergency Response Unit vehicle.

The complaint said police responded to a call at a residence on the 100 block of East Main Street on the afternoon of April 17. Laumann’s wife told police Laumann was “agitated” and she was worried for herself and others, the complaint said. The complaint said police were advised there were multiple firearms in the house.

According to the criminal complaint, Laumann was in the upstairs level of the house, and yelled that he would shoot if officers came near the stairs. As police tried to deescalate the situation, Laumann fired a shot at an officer, which hit an interior wall overlooking East Main Street, the complaint alleges.

The Brown, Lyon, Redwood and Renville ERU was mobilized in response to the incident. The criminal complaint said Laumann did not respond to loud hails from law enforcement and the ERU. Around 9:52 p.m., the ERU used chemical irritants to try and get Laumann out of the house, the complaint said. Around 10:24 p.m., a second shot toward East Main Street and law enforcement officers blew out a second-story window in the house, the complaint alleges.

Around 11 p.m., Laumann exited the house and was taken into custody, the complaint said. Law enforcement found spent bullets in the house, and three loaded handguns at the top of the stairs, the complaint alleges. The complaint said law enforcement seized multiple other firearms and “a significant amount” of ammunition from other parts of the house.

On Friday, bail for Laumann was set at $1 million without conditions, or $500,000 cash or bond with conditions including that he stay in Minnesota, have no unnecessary contact with witnesses, and does not possess firearms or dangerous weapons.

A future hearing date for Laumann was set for April 30.


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