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April 29, 2013

Update: Three arrested, gun found during store disturbance

MANKATO — Three men were arrested after two off-duty police officers reported hearing shots fired at a Kato Entertainment Center event and a third officer happened upon a disturbance at a nearby convenience store.

The two off-duty officers, who were in uniform because they had been hired to work at the Kato Entertainment Center event, reported hearing shots fired in a back parking lot at about 2:05 a.m. Sunday.

When they checked the area, they didn't find anyone injured or anyone displaying a weapon. They also didn't find any casings, said Cmdr. Dan Schisel of the Mankato Department of Public Safety.

An on-duty officer responding to the gunfire report noticed a disturbance at the nearby Holiday convenience store on Riverfront Drive. When the officer stopped at the store, he was pushed by a man who tried to force his way out of the store, Schisel said. A stun device was used to stop the man, who allegedly had a Ruger 9 mm handgun in the waistband of his pants.

Police were able to determine the Ruger had not been fired recently, so they do not suspect it was shot in the ballroom parking lot. The man arrested for pushing the officer, and possessing the gun, is 20-year-old Davon Maurice Jones of Minneapolis.

Jones was released from prison in February after serving more than two years for first-degree burglary involving a handgun. That incident happened in Hennepin County.

Two other men also were arrested during the disturbance. They are Michael Corey Jones, 19, of Minneapolis and Arthur Lord Fields, 23, of St. Paul.

The event at the Kato Entertainment Center, called “Turn Down 4 What,”  was advertised as an 18 and older show to people living in the Twin Cities area via Twitter, Facebook and other social media. It was advertised by a promotions company called Midwest Movement and featured DJ Ray Mills.

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