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Gunman charged

By Staff | Aug 16, 2008

Kevin Carl

Bail and visitation conditions were set for a 29-year-old man arrested following a five-hour standoff with authorities on Aug. 7.

Kevin Robert Karl of Blue Earth made his first court appearance in Faribault County District Court Monday.

He was formally charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and reckless discharge of a gun.

At the request of County Attorney Brian Roverud, Judge Douglas Richards set Karl’s bail at $20,000; he could be released from custody if he posts $5,000 cash.

The judge also placed Karl’s two children under the care of his parents and visits with them must be supervised.

After being informed of his legal rights, Karl told Richards he has hired Jason Kohlmeyer of Mankato to be his attorney.

Charges against Karl stem from an incident when law officers responded to a call around 11:13 p.m. regarding a male inside a residence at 9184 377th Ave., Blue Earth, with a gun.

According to a court complaint, Sally Ann Gonzalez was standing outside the house behind a tree and talking with county authorities on her cell phone.

When sheriff’s deputy Shane Dulac arrived at the scene, Gonzalez came to his patrol car and was hysterical, yelling and screaming that her 5-year-old daughter was in the residence with Karl,who had a gun.

Shortly after Gonzalez got into the deputy’s car, says the complaint, Dulac heard four to five gunshots fired outside the residence.

The deputy told Gonzalez to get down and quickly threw his squad car in reverse, driving a safe distance away from the house, says the complaint.

According to Gonzalez, Karl had been drinking and was upset with her because he believed she was cheating on him and told her to move out.

When she called someone for a ride, Karl went into the residence, says the complaint, and came back outside with a gun, waved it around, and stated he meant it.

Karl grabbed Gonzalez and pointed the gun toward a wall in the garage and fired it three times, the complaint says he then threw Gonzalez to the ground, picked her up by the neck and pushed her to the ground again. She was able to get away.

The judge also issued a temporary order of protection at Gonzalez’s request. Karl may not contact her by e-mail, telephone, text messaging or through another person.

The second-degree assault charges each carry a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and a $14,000 fine. Domestic assault and reckless discharge of a gun are each punishable with 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine.