MN Man Sentenced for Armed Crime Spree That Ended With Standoff
Madison, WI (KROC-AM News)- A Duluth man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday after he was convicted for attempted bank robbery and possessing a firearm as a felon.
A News release from the U.S. The Attorney's Office in Western Wisconsin says 31-year-old Cody Walker-Nelson went on a dangerous crime spree in Duluth and Superior in October 2021. It started in Duluth when he stole two vehicles and led authorities on a high speed chase. He then burglarized a residence in Superior and took with him three hand guns and four long guns, the news release says.
Walker-Nelson then went to the drive through at a bank in Superior and pointed one of the stolen handguns at a teller standing behind the glass. The teller ducked down and Walker-Nelson sped away and returned to Duluth where he then attempted to steal a vehicle belonging to an off-duty police officer. The news release says Walker-Nelson fled when confronted by the officer.
He then stole a wallet from two people and fired a gun shot in their presence. Law enforcement tracked him to an apartment complex and a standoff ensued. Responding authorities say Walker-Nelson fired at officers several times and took down a law enforcement drone with gunfire.
A SWAT team then breached the door of the apartment Walker-Nelson was in. The release says he fired another gun shot through the apartment’s bedroom door and retreated to a large safe where he attempted to start a fire with a propane tank. Law enforcement brought him into custody and noticed several bullet holes in the apartment including a hole from one round that got into a neighboring apartment.
Along with the decade prison sentence, Walker-Nelson was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. His sentence has been ordered to be served concurrently with pending and related cases in Duluth and Superior.