MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities in northern Minnesota say a woman was reunited with family Sunday after being abducted by a man who led officers on a high-speed chase that ended with gunfire.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Anthony Randklev entered Amber Simonson’ Fergus Falls home with a gun just before 2 p.m. and abducted the 34-year-old in front her four children.
Randklev put Simonson in his Chevy pickup truck and drove off.
Simonson’s children called her husband, who then called 911.
Not long after, a firefighter spotted Randklev’s pickup on Highway 42, and Randklev led responding officers on a high-speed chase through the city of Pelican Rapids.
The chase eventually moved onto Highway 59, where officers put down stop sticks. Randklev hit them and drove off into a field, where the chase ended with gunfire.
The sheriff’s office didn’t say whether Randklev or officers fired shots. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.
Officers arrested Randklev without incident, and crews brought Simonson to a hospital, where she was reunited with her family.
The sheriff’s office didn’t detail Simonson’s injuries, but said she was not injured in the chase.
The abduction and shooting remain under investigation.