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Lester Prairie man charged with assaulting police officer

Aug. 17, 2009

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – A Lester Prairie man is in custody and charged with two felony counts after allegedly threatening police officers with a large kitchen knife and an axe, according to a formal complaint.

Jonah Ezra Polo, 24, was arrested during the incident.

Officer Mark Thiry of the Lester Prairie Police Department responded to a 911 call at 200 Pine Street North Aug. 5.

While en route to the residence, Thiry was informed that “there was blood all over the house, and Polo was trying to kill himself.”

When Thiry arrived at the residence, Polo’s mother was standing in the driveway. She informed Thiry that Polo was in the house, but she wasn’t certain where.

Thiry opened the front door and immediately saw Polo standing at the top of the steps in the living room area. There was a distance of 10 to 12 feet between them.

Polo was holding a long kitchen knife, and gestured that he would use it, according to the complaint.

Polo was covered with blood on his arms and hands, and there was blood all over the steps. Thiry could see lacerations on Polo’s arms.

Thiry attempted to get Polo to calm down and drop the knife, but Polo lunged toward Thiry, and Thiry quickly exited the house and called for backup.

While he waited outside the house, Thiry could see Polo through a window. Polo was making gestures to have Thiry return to the house, and Thiry could hear Polo asking Thiry to shoot him.

Other officers arrived on the scene, and Thiry, along with the other officers, entered the house with Tasers and handguns extended.

As the officers entered the residence, Polo was on the stairs holding an axe raised in the air.

Polo was immediately Tased by two officers and subdued. Thiry was able to secure the axe from Polo’s hand.

Polo was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was assessed and placed in a mental health unit.

The state requested a warrant so that when Polo is released from the mental health unit, he can be brought immediately to the jail.

Polo has been charged with assault in the first degree on a peace officer, a felony, punishable by 20 years imprisonment and/or a $30,000 fine, and with assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon, also a felony, punishable by seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.


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