An Albert Lea man is in custody after three people, including an Albert Lea Police officer were shot at an apartment building in Albert Lea early Sunday morning.
Albert Lea Police responded at 2:18 a.m. Sunday morning to an apartment complex in the 800 block of 4th Avenue South after receiving reports of fireworks, and/or gunshots being heard in the area. Upon arrival, a suspect, later identified as 21-year old Devin Matthew Weiland of Albert Lea ambushed an Albert Lea Police officer, shooting multiple times with one round impacting the officer’s chest, and at least two rounds impacting his squad car. Authorities reported that the officer was able to relocate to a safe area, assess his injuries and drive to the emergency room at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, where he was treated and released.
Authorities went on to state that a perimeter and incident command were established, and a SWAT team, plus an armored BearCat vehicle responded to the scene. Several people were evacuated from the apartment building and nearby roads were blocked off, and it was reported that multiple groupings of gunfire were fired by Weiland during the incident. Two male victims, ages 52 and 38 were struck by the gunfire and the 52-year old male was flown to Mayo Clinic St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester after first being transported to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Albert Lea. His condition was unknown at last word, and the 38-year old male was also transported to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Albert Lea, where his condition is also unknown. Albert Lea Police reported that the stand-off ended at approximately 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning when Weiland was taken into custody.
The Albert Lea Police Department, the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, the South Central Drug Investigative Unit from Steele County, the Austin Police Department, the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force from Blue Earth County, the Minnesota State Patrol and State Patrol SWAT Teams, Freeborn County Emergency Management, the Minnesota BCA, the Albert Lea Fire Department and Mayo EMS all responded to the incident scene.