A 32-year-old Alexandria man has admitted shooting a Stearns County deputy with an arrow during an incident about a year ago that started in Osakis and ended in Sauk Centre.
Ramey James Olson pleaded guilty to three felony charges – one count of burglary in the first degree while using a dangerous weapon and two counts of first-degree assault, using deadly force against a peace officer.
Two other charges are pending disposition – theft of a vehicle and another first-degree assault.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 12.
According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, here’s what happened:
On Sept. 13, 2018, Olson stole a pickup from the lot of an Osakis business and drove recklessly through Osakis and onto Interstate 94. He exited into Sauk Centre, pulled into the John Deere parking lot and struck a building. Olson then drove through multiple backyards and smashed into parked vehicles.
The sheriff’s office reported that the vehicle sped toward a residential neighborhood, smashing into a garage on 10th Street in Sauk Centre.
Olson then ran into a home through an unlocked door where law enforcement officials from the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, police departments from Sauk Centre, Melrose and Osakis, along with the Minnesota State Patrol, tried to clear the home.
At one point, Olson shot Deputy Paul Orvis with a compound bow from the second floor of the home, according to the sheriff’s office. He shot through the deputy’s left forearm with a target arrow. The bow and arrow belonged to the homeowner.
Officers fired their weapons at the suspect, striking him more than once.
Officers and negotiators from the SWAT team were able to get inside the home and began talking with Olson as he moved from the downstairs to the upstairs. He reportedly told officers he had been shot and after nearly two hours, Olson appeared from the top floor. He was shot with a stun gun and taken into custody.
The Sauk Centre Ambulance transported Olson to the Sauk Centre Hospital and later airlifted by LifeLink III to the St. Cloud Hospital.
Deputy Orvis had surgery to remove the arrow shaft from his arm.