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Eyota man arrested following crossbow, gun incident

December 26, 2018

EYOTA – An Eyota man was arrested Friday night after concerned family members called the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. The family said the man’s behavior included an incident during which he allegedly shot a crossbow through a bedroom door.

Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 100 block of Fifth Street Southwest in Eyota around 8:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a man “flipping out” and waving a hand gun and hatchet around a residence, according to Olmsted County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kirby Long.

Another adult in the home was able to get children out and to another residence, according to Long.

At one point, the man, later identified as 34-year-old Evan Staley Mathis, allegedly shot a crossbow through a bedroom door and into the ceiling, Long said. He also allegedly threatened to hurt the home’s two adult occupants. When deputies arrived at the Eyota home, they were able to convince Mathis to come out of the home, Long said.

Mathis could face multiple charges, including terroristic threats, second-degree assault, domestic assault-strangulation, domestic assault-fear and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to Long. He may also face drug charges after methamphetamine was reportedly found in the home, Long said.

Deputies reportedly had contact with Mathis earlier in the day in the area of Viola Road Northeast and 55th Avenue Northeast in Haverhill Township, Long said. Deputies were called to a report of a vehicle in the ditch in that area around 10:20 a.m.

Marijuana was allegedly found in the car along with Mathis and a blood draw was conducted, according to Long. He may face a charge of second-degree driving while under the influence pending the results of the blood test, Long said. Mathis was booked and released following that incident.

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