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Intoxicated man arrested for firing rifle in Winona

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WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Winona man is in custody Friday after opening fire and causing about $1,000 in damage.

Police arrested Aaron Gregory Rudolphi, 28, after officers said he was the person behind suspected gun shots heard coming from an alley behind 276 Center Street in Winona just before 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

According to police, Rudolphi was intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

When police arrived on scene, they found Rudolphi sitting in the passenger's seat of a vehicle. The driver, a 27-year-old female, told police she was concerned for Rudolphi and arrived to check on his welfare. She told police she convinced Rudolphi to put the gun away.

"The female that had come because she was concerned about the welfare of this individual had come into town to check on him and talked him in to putting the gun away, which was a good thing, because it turned out to be an AR-15 rifle," said Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack. 

Officers recovered a loaded AR-15 .223 caliber rifle and a box of .223 caliber ammunition from the trunk of the vehicle. Five .223 caliber shell casings were recovered from the porch area of 276 Center Street.

"He stated that there were people that didn't like him apparently, standing by this wall. And it turned out that this was an imagined event. There were no individuals. Obviously we checked for anybody that would have been injured or otherwise and no one was in that area at that time," said Chief Bostrack.

Police said the fence and ground tarp around St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 265 Lafayette Street, had about $1,000 dollars in damage from at least one of the rounds. No other damage was immediately observed.

Rudolphi is facing charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, first-degree criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, and having a loaded/uncased firearm in a motor vehicle.

No charges are pending against the 27-year-old woman.

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