A North Mankato man made his initial appearance before a Nicollet County Judge on Monday afternoon following a standoff with Authorities on Friday night.
According to court documents, 59-year old Scott Douglas Johnston is facing two Felony counts of 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and one Felony count of Terroristic Threats.
Johnston is accused of pointing a gun at two females, ages 8 and 9, and yelling that he would shoot them if they didn’t stop playing on his lawn. Around 7:54 p.m., North Mankato Police along with multiple law enforcement agencies secured a perimeter around the suspect’s home in the 200 block of Cross Street. The complaint says Johnston did not respond to phone calls or yelling into his residence. Johnston exited his home at 11:53 p.m. and was taken into custody after a nearly four-hour standoff. Police say they found a Remington Magnum 20 gauge shotgun under the man’s bed.
The complaint says Johnston stated that he had consumed alcohol earlier that evening, but denied pointing the shotgun at anyone. The man said when he was smoking a cigarette he remembered seeing the two children and explained that he told them to not run through his yard. Police say he didn’t recall anything else from the evening until he was woken up by law enforcement yelling for him to exit the home.