On March 16, 2020 at approximately 7:56 p.m., in Onamia Township, Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputies had been attempting to locate Jessey Klous, 33, of rural Onamia, for an outstanding felony warrant for violation of a harassment restraining order issued on February 11, 2020.
A Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputy located a vehicle that was being driven by Klous. The deputy began following the suspect vehicle. As the deputy was attempting to catch up to the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect sped up to approximately 100 mph and drove to his family residence located in rural Onamia Township, Mille Lacs County.
Klous parked the vehicle and began to flee on foot. The deputy followed behind. When the deputy confronted the suspect, Klous turned around, pointed a firearm at the deputy and fired upon deputy. The Mille Lacs County Deputy returned fire. Klous went to the ground in compliance to orders from the deputy. Klous, then got back up and fled on foot from the deputy into a wooded area behind his family residence.
The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office deployed their SWAT team, and with the assistance of a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter providing over-watch, as well as Minnesota State Troopers, Mille Lacs Tribal Police officers, Morrison County Sheriff’s deputies and the Pierz Police officers, Klous was apprehended without further incident. Neither Klous nor the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputy received any injuries from gunfire.
Search warrants executed that night and the following day allowed for the recovery of live ammunition and a handgun. Klous was treated at Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, Minn., and later transferred to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minn., for injuries sustained from a Sheriff’s K-9 apprehension. Klous was later booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail with charges pending from the Mille Lacs County Attorney’s Office.
This case is still under investigation and further details will be released at a later date.