Houston County man arrested, accused of threatening woman with gun

HOUSTON COUNTY, Minn. (WKBT) — A Houston County man was arrested Thursday after a standoff in rural Caledonia, according to authorities.

A woman reported at just before 3 p.m. Thursday that a man — later identified as James Mitchell Forrester — threatened her with a gun, but she was able to get away to safety, according to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies and Caledonia police responded to the location of the alleged incident in rural Caledonia and attempted to talk to Forrester, 36. Officers established a perimeter around the residence and requested help from the Winona County Emergency Response Team.

“After multiple attempts to make contact with the male suspect, entry onto the property was made with the Winona County Emergency Response vehicle,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Forrester was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. and is being held on felony assault charges.

William Ray Johnson III, 34, was also taken into custody on misdemeanor charges relating to interference with the scene.

Assisting with this incident was Caledonia Police Department, Caledonia Ambulance, Winona County Emergency Response Team and the Houston County Sheriff’s Posse.