Standoff east of Pease ends with man in custody

A Crystal man is in the Mille Lacs County Jail, being held on felony weapons charges after firing a handgun at a television in a residence east of Pease.

Mille Lacs County deputies and area law enforcement officers converged on the residence at 10556 105th St., rural Milaca, shortly after 7:30 p.m. on the evening of December 21, 2012.

A deputy was first called to the scene on a report that shots had been fired inside the residence.

The incident quickly escalated to a situation where a trained negotiator was deployed to get potentially armed suspect Tony V. Luciano, 37, to surrender and be taken into custody.

When deputies arrived on scene, they were met by a man who said he heard a shot fired in the basement. The complainant had not gone down into the basement after the shot was fired because he didn’t want to see what may have happened. A deputy called down to the basement to announce his presence. Three people came up the stairs with their hands up, but Luciano was not among them. The three people confirmed that the shot was fired by Luciano.

Not only did Luciano not come upstairs when ordered, he refused to talk with law enforcement, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court. When Luciano did speak, he made several comments about shooting himself or having law enforcement shoot him, the complaint states.

Luciano’s concern? He is a convicted felon and acknowledged that he would have to return to prison for five years because he was in possession of a gun, according to the complaint. He told officers he was not going back to prison and that officers should shoot him, the complaint states.

While making the statements, Luciano allegedly pointed to his face and chest areas and asked officers to shoot him there. That’s when Mille Lacs County’s trained negotiator was requested on scene. Eventually Luciano surrendered and was taken into custody without any further incident.

Officers went into the basement. There they found that a bullet had been fired through a television, the complaint states. A camo bag was in plain view in a corner of the basement. Inside the bag were a revolver-type pistol and 9mm ammunition. Underneath a couch cushion was a 9mm Kel-Tec handgun.

A witness was in the basement when Luciano brought out his guns, the complaint states. The witness told Luciano to put the guns away, but instead Luciano began pointing a gun around that had a red-lighted laser.

The witness stated that Luciano must have accidentally pulled the trigger, causing the gun to go off, hitting the television. The complaint states that Luciano apologized for hitting the TV.

The criminal complaint states that Luciano was convicted of second degree assault in 1993, in Hennepin County. In 1999, he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.