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January 15, 2014

New Ulm man arrested after gunshots, chase

Man wanted by federal authorities for March gun charge

Gunfire broke out in northeast Minneapolis as police and federal agents chased a wanted man from New Ulm and then took him into custody.

Buck Otto White, 48, formerly known as Timothy Joseph Hofmann, has been wanted since July on federal gun charges. He was indicted in March for being a career criminal in possession of a firearm after several guns were found in a Courtland storage locker in February. Some guns were found by Nicollet County sheriff's deputies investigating a string of burglaries in St. Peter. Other guns were found when a house was searched in Jordan in 2012.

White had been facing felony charges in Nicollet County, but those charges were dismissed after he was indicted in federal court. He was allowed to post an unsecured bond of $25,000 on July 9 in exchange for his release from federal custody, according to court records. A trial had been scheduled to start in October.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that federal agents were serving a warrant on White when gunfire broke out. Authorities said it wasn't clear who had fired the shots and no one was wounded.

There was a pursuit that ended when White crashed his vehicle. He was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment after he was taken into custody, the report said.

Nicollet County investigators tied White to the St. Peter burglaries after a GPS-tracking device was placed on his van. He was arrested Feb. 16 in New Prague after eluding New Ulm police officers who had been waiting for him at his house.

White has a 1984 burglary conviction and a 2006 methamphetamine possession conviction in Hennepin County, a 1991 burglary and 1994 assault conviction in Anoka County and a 1995 burglary conviction in Kanabec County. The Hennepin County drug conviction resulted in a six-year prison and probation term that ended in 2012.

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