Man facing felony charges after bullet pierces home in Otsego

by Joni Astrup

Associate editor

A man is facing felony charges after a bullet went through the exterior wall of a house in Otsego — within a foot of a woman inside.

Devin Charles Petersen, 45, of Otsego, allegedly shot a gun Sunday, Nov. 25, in the area of a fire pit outside his home in the 15400 block of 83rd Street, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Wright County District Court.

One of the bullets struck a home in the 8200 block of Parell Avenue. A man inside told authorities that he heard five loud pops that he believed to be gunfire and heard one bullet hit his house, leaving a hole in the living room wall.

“The location where the bullet entered the home was approximately 6 inches to a foot from where (a woman) was sitting,” according to the criminal complaint.

The bullet struck a dresser after entering the home. A copper bullet was found on the floor.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene at 5:49 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25.

A sheriff’s deputy who went to Petersen’s home reportedly saw signs that the defendant was under the influence of alcohol, the complaint alleged.

A search warrant was executed and authorities recovered a 9mm Ruger P89 semi-automatic handgun, a pellet rifle and ammunition from Petersen’s home.

Petersen was convicted of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree in 2002, making him ineligible to possess a firearm, according to the criminal complaint.

Petersen is facing the following charges:

•Possess Pistol/Assault Weapon — Conviction or Ajudicated Delinquent for Crime of Violence

•Dangerous Weapons — Intentional Discharge of  Firearm That Endangers Safety

•Dangerous Weapons — Reckless Discharge of Firearm Within a Municipality.

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