Who is Hutchinson’s white man Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns?
Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns is a 61-year-old Hutchinson white man who was arrested after a short police pursuit ended near the intersection of State Highway 15 and South Grade Road, in Hutchinson. According to a press release from Hutchinson Police Services, officers were called to Menards for a report of a man, later identified as Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns, who assaulted an employee with some lumber following a dispute over wearing a mask in the store.
The officer was attempting to stop the suspect, Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns, 61, after an alleged assault over wearing a mask was reported at a Menards home improvement store in Hutchinson, a city about 60 miles west of Minneapolis.
Hutchinson Police Chief Tom Gifferson told CNN the officer approached the suspect’s truck and was standing on a running board on the driver’s side when the suspect rolled up the window, trapping the officer’s arm, and drove away with the officer clinging to the vehicle, reaching speeds up to 40 mph.
The officer used his rescue hammer to break the window to free his own arm, but the suspect took the hammer and began striking the officer in the head with it, Gifferson said.
Police had responded to the Menards store after a report of a man assaulting an employee with lumber in a dispute over wearing a mask, according to a Hutchinson Police statement.
Oeltjenbruns led officers on a slow-speed pursuit before stopping.
Police arrested Oeltjenbruns and booked him on first-degree assault.
The officer was taken to a local hospital for his injuries and is resting at home, said Gifferson.
The case is still under investigation by the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.
CNN is trying to determine whether Oeltjenbruns has legal representation.
How Old is Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns?
Je is 61 years old.
Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns Arrest Video
In the video, Oeltjenbruns drives away from police, dragging an officer and striking him with a hammer, but was NOT shot all of this unfolding in the same state where Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a cop. Police in Hutchinson, Minnesota were called to a home improvement store because Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns refused to wear a mask and allegedly struck an employee with a piece of lumber before fleeing. Cops eventually chased him down in a mall parking lot.
This video shared to Facebook appears to show the incident this afternoon in Hutchinson, Minn., in which an officer was dragged by a suspect driver and hit in the head with a hammer. – The officer is in stable condition and the suspect was arrested. pic.twitter.com/euqbhVNE9X
Cops seemed to have Oeltjenbruns hemmed in one officer was even clinging to the driver’s side door but he rammed 2 police cars and started driving off with the cop still holding on to his truck!!!
Hutchinson PD says Oeltjenbruns dragged the officer around and hit him in the head with a hammer before coming to a stop.
Police stopped the vehicle again near the intersection of Highway 15 and South Grade Road, and Oeltjenbruns was arrested at the scene and taken to McLeod County Jail. He was booked on first-degree assault, and additional charges are being considered as the case remains under investigation by the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.
The Incident is in stark contrast to how Daunte Wright, an African American was Treated
It’s eerily reminiscent of a December 2020 incident in Ohio when a white suspect refused to get out of his car and twice threatened to shoot the police officer before speeding away. That guy was also chased and arrested.
Both incidents stand in stark contrast to how Daunte was treated on Sunday when now-former cop Kim Potter fatally shot him during a traffic stop over expired tags.
Potter claims she intended to use her Taser, but accidentally fired her handgun. She’s since resigned and was arrested for second-degree manslaughter. The incident has sparked daily protests in Minnesota.