A wanted criminal, armed with an assault rifle, was apprehended Friday evening in Lakeland, Minnesota, a small town on the St. Croix River, when a homeowner disarmed him and held him while his wife called 911:
Authorities were already on the way, in hot pursuit of the 23-year-old Circle Pines man who had terrorized neighborhoods in two states after firing at police in Hudson, Wis. Moments later, he was in custody, subdued by Keith Radtke, a homeowner who was shot during the struggle. ***
Radtke…and his wife, Jody, had just put their three sons to bed Friday.
They were headed downstairs to relax when the front door flew open, according to Jody’s mother, Sandy Brandt.
The Radtkes were staring at a ragged-looking man with a rifle, she said.
Authorities said the man forced Keith and Jody Radtke toward the garage.
At this point, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said, Radtke’s world began to narrow into a “funnel.” “He had to make a decision,” Hutton said.
When they got into the garage, Radtke saw an opportunity and pounced, knocking the rifle out of the suspect’s hands.
Radtke put the suspect in a bear hug and yelled for his wife to go inside and call 911, Hutton said. She did.
Radtke didn’t realize there also was a .45-caliber gun in the suspect’s waistband, and the suspect was able to get a hold of it and shot Radtke in the lower back.
Radtke continued to struggle with the suspect and knocked the handgun across the garage floor. The suspect bit Radtke several times, and Radtke put him in a wrestling hold.
Nearby officers arrived at the scene, separated the men and used a Taser to subdue the suspect.
Radtke, who is hospitalized, declined to be interviewed. This story is of particular interest to me, because Radtke is one of my (many) partners. Nice going, Keith.