“Don’t shoot me. I’m not black.” Jeffers man charged for alleged shower curtain rod assault

Benjamin Sullivan mugshot

(Windom, MN) – A Jeffers man is facing various criminal charges after police drew their weapons while responding to a domestic assault situation.

Benjamin Wayne Sullivan, 38, was charged in Cottonwood County Court with felony counts of 3rd degree burglary, 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, and gross misdemeanor domestic assault.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded December 3rd to a report of a domestic assault in Jeffers.  Sullivan ran into a bedroom, where police drew their weapons as Sullivan reached for his waistband.  Sullivan refused to put his hands up and said, “don’t shoot me, I’m not black,” according to court documents.  Backup arrived and Sullivan was detained.

In an interview, the victim told investigators that Sullivan threatened to stab her with a broken curtain rod.  Police observed a cut about an inch long on her face, according to the complaint.

The victim and Sullivan previously lived together.  Sullivan has already been charged with domestic assault against the victim’s sister.  He is not allowed at the residence where the assault occurred, and is court ordered to not have contact with the victim’s sister.  He is also court ordered to not drink alcohol.  A PBT taken after his arrest showed a blood alcohol content of .25, according to the complaint.

Sullivan has one prior domestic assault by strangulation conviction.

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