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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Three Minnesota men who came to rural Olmsted County to hunt pheasants had a New Year’s Day experience they won’t soon forget.

Olmsted County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Schueller said they were in the Elgin area Saturday afternoon when they stopped after spotting a pheasant along the road. A woman from a nearby property began yelling at the men to leave and one wished her a” happy new year” and they drove off.

They were driving on 75th St NE in rural Olmsted County when they noticed a pickup truck coming up fast behind them. Schueller said the truck passed them and stopped, blocking the road. The man driving the truck got out with a rifle and began firing at them.

The men drove off and saw the truck was chasing them again. When they stopped, the man began shooting at them again. The men were able to get away and call 911.

Schueller said deputies later located the suspected shooter and he was arrested. He was identified as 63-year-old Paul Reichel of Rochester.

Paul Reichel


One of the men he was shooting at is from St. Cloud and the other two are from Breezy Point.

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