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Updated: Adrian police officer on administrative leave ‘indefinitely’

ADRIAN -- An Adrian police officer is on paid administrative leave indefinitely after allegedly threatening to kill an individual during a family argument.

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Richard D. Bruns

ADRIAN - An Adrian police officer is on paid administrative leave indefinitely after allegedly threatening to kill an individual during a family argument.

On Monday, Richard D. Bruns, 43, of Adrian was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, threats of violence, both felonies; and two counts of domestic assault in Nobles County District Court. A second-degree assault conviction - the most serious offense - is punishable up to seven years imprisonment, a $14,000 fine or both.

Adrian Police Chief Shawn Langseth confirmed Tuesday morning that Bruns is on paid leave as the matter is being investigated.

The city of Adrian did not respond by Tuesday’s press deadline to requests for information related to Bruns’ employment.

According to the criminal complaint, Langseth met with Nobles County deputies at Bruns’ Oklahoma Avenue residence June 15. An alleged victim at the scene claimed she had consumed approximately three beers and that Bruns had eight. She said Bruns had been “snippy” and the two argued both outside and inside the residence.

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Inside, Bruns became “raging mad” and asked the victim and a juvenile to “fight him,” the victim told law enforcement.

Bruns ran after the juvenile and the adult victim followed upon hearing what she called a loud noise and crying. Before she could reach the juvenile, Bruns shoved her away with his chest and stomach, she claimed. In a post-arrest interview, the juvenile claimed Bruns never touched him.

Another juvenile present went to a relative’s home to dial 911, the complaint contines.

The victim hesitated to tell law enforcement what happened next, fearful Bruns would lose income and health benefits, but ultimately revealed that she had audio-recorded the incident.

Bruns told the victim not to call 911 and law enforcement could hear what they believed to be Bruns opening a gun safe on the audio recording.

The complaint details that the victim’s voice shifted from trying to deescalate the situation to becoming panicked as she yelled at Bruns to put the gun away.

Bruns was recorded saying that if he was going to go to jail, he was going to “earn it.” He further remarked that if “cops come knocking on my door, you’re dead. All they have to do is come to my door and ‘boom, boom.’”

Bruns then suggested to the crying victim that if she stopped the juvenile from dialing 911 she could avoid consequences.

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Deputies then heard what they believed to be Bruns re-locking the gun into the safe and walking away from the immediate area of the recording.

In a post-arrest interview, Bruns told law enforcement he had opened the gun safe, but did not recall having a gun, further claiming the victim probably just saw it in the safe. He later said he did have a gun, but didn’t believe he pointed it at the victim.

He stated he “went too far.”

Deputies located and seized multiple firearms from the residence, including handguns, a rifle and shotgun. They also located a lockbox-style gun safe with two handguns and two loaded magazines.

Bruns’ bail was set at $100,000 with conditions or $200,000 without.

His initial appearance is scheduled for June 26 in Nobles County District Court.

 

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ADRIAN - An Adrian police officer has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening to kill an individual during a family argument involving alcohol.

Richard D. Bruns, 43, of Adrian has been put on paid administrative leave indefinitely while the matter is being looked into, Adrian Police Chief Shawn Langseth confirmed Tuesday morning.

On Monday, Bruns was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, threats of violence, both felonies; and two counts of domestic assault in Nobles County District Court. A second-degree assault conviction - the most serious offense - is punishable up to seven years imprisonment, a $14,000 fine or both.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s print edition or watch for an updated story on dglobe.com.

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