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Albert Lea man faces range of charges after apartment shooting spree left several hurt

ALBERT LEA, MN – A man caused a potentially deadly incident in Albert Lea, Minnesota this weekend, as several people were shot as he fired off dozens of rounds from a gun inside an apartment.

On Sunday, November 29 at 2:18AM, the Albert Lea Police Department (ALPD) responded to a reported possible noise complaint / weapons violation. It was reported that fireworks or gunshots were heard in the area of 800 4th Avenue South, the Shady Oaks apartment building.

Upon arrival, a suspect ambushed an ALPD officer, shooting multiple times; at least two impacts to the squad and one impacting the officer’s chest. The officer was able to tactically relocate to a safe zone, assess injuries, and drive directly to the ER.

A perimeter and incident command was established and SWAT activated. Negotiators and a gas team were deployed.

The victims of the shooting were:

ALPD Officer (30), Albert Lea – Treated & Released.
Adult Male (52), Albert Lea – Transported to MCHS-AL, flown to Rochester.
Adult Male (38), Albert Lea – Transported to MCHS-AL.

The offender/suspect was identified as 21-year-old Devin Matthew Weiland of Albert Lea.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is now also investigating the shooting. They say the officer struck by gunfire in the vest was treated at Mayo Clinic Health System (Albert Lea) and released.

A 52-year-old man and a 38-year-old man, both from Albert Lea, were taken by air ambulance to Mayo Clinic Hospital – St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester for treatment for non-life threatening gunshot injuries.

At one point during the active shooter incident, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper discharged their firearm. Weiland sustained shrapnel injuries but it is unknown at this time whether he was shot. Weiland, who reportedly fired dozens of rounds of ammo from his apartment, then surrendered to law enforcement and was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital – St. Mary’s Campus where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Weiland was released from Mayo Clinic Hospital – St. Mary’s Campus on the night of November 29 and booked into the Freeborn County Jail.

Most apartment building residents who were evacuated so investigators could process the crime scene already have been allowed to return to their homes. The remaining residents were provided hotel accommodations for the night.

The Minnesota State Patrol trooper who discharged their firearm is on standard administrative leave.

Agencies involved in the response to the active shooter situation included the South Central Drug Investigation Unit; River Valley Tactical Team; Austin/Mower Special Incident Response Team; Minnesota State Patrol Special Response Team; Washington County SWAT Team; the Freeborn, Dodge, Mower, Steele and Waseca County sheriff’s offices; the Albert Lea, Waseca, Owatonna and Minneapolis police departments; Albert Lea Fire Rescue; Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service; Mayo Clinic Health System (Albert Lea); Freeborn, Mower, Winona and Dodge County emergency management agencies; and Freeborn County Public Health.

Weiland has been charged in Freeborn County District Court with the following:

• Three counts of attempted first degree murder
• Three counts of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Albert Lea Police Department are still investigating the incident. Weiland is currently in the Freeborn County Jail.

The Albert Lea Police Department is conducting a separate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a person who was located deceased in the Shady Oaks complex while a tactical team was evacuating the building. The death is not related to the active shooter incident or the officer involved shooting. The remains have been taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and to determine the cause and manner of death.

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