Blackhoof Township man charged with firing at officersA Blackhoof Township man was charged with assault and obstruction among other crimes today after he allegedly barricaded himself in an outbuilding and fired a rifle in the direction of deputies Saturday.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Blackhoof Township man was charged with assault and obstruction among other crimes today after he allegedly barricaded himself in an outbuilding and fired a rifle in the direction of deputies Saturday.
Tyrone Edward Demenge, 41, faces felony charges of first-degree assault, reckless handling/use/discharge of a weapon and two counts of terroristic threats in addition to misdemeanor counts of obstructing the legal process and domestic assault. He was charged in Carlton County District Court.
The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 4:30 p.m. Saturday about a domestic disturbance at 3060 County Road 104. Demenge was intoxicated and had been throwing things around the house during a confrontation with his wife, court documents said. Demenge reportedly became more upset when his wife called 911, and he left the house with his rifle. As he walked through the yard toward an outbuilding, he reportedly discharged one round from the rifle.
Additional deputies arrived at the scene and called for a Consolidated Emergency Response Team to help locate Demenge. Officers from the Cloquet Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources created a perimeter and attempted to make contact with Demenge, who they found had holed up in an outbuilding about 100 yards from the residence.
Officers using a bullhorn repeatedly tried to make contact with Demenge, but were unsuccessful. They also shined search lights toward the building. With the arrival of CERT, they began to formulate a plan to either convince or force him to come out of the building. At about this time, approximately 7:25 p.m., officers heard two shots come from the outbuilding, causing them to take cover behind squad cars. A deputy on the road reportedly heard the rounds hit some trees near other officers farther south on County Road 104 who were watching the building.
Shortly afterward, Demenge was seen walking from the shack without a weapon in his hands. Deputies approached and attempted to take him into custody but court documents said Demenge was belligerent, highly intoxicated and resisted arrest. Officers used a Taser on Demenge twice, but he continued to resist arrest until an officer struck him on the head, momentarily disabling him. Once in custody, Demenge was transported first to a hospital for evaluation and then to the Carlton County Jail.
In court, Judge Robert Macaulay set bond at $100,000, noting the seriousness of the charges and signed a restraining order for the victim. Demenge, who has worked at USG in Cloquet for 22 years, has no criminal history. His next appearance was set for Feb. 17.