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Thompson hospitalized, charged with serious felony

Early last Tuesday morning, Aug. 5, the quiet countryside to the east of Kimball was disrupted by gunfire, screams, and sirens. At about 5:30 that morning, Stearns County sheriff's deputies were called to a home on 192nd Street in Fairhaven Township. The call was for a possible domestic situation in progress. The deputies learned on their way to Fairhaven that Jerry Lee Thompson was at the home, in violation of an Order for Protection, that he had a gun, and that he had fired it there. Thompson, 49, had come to his estranged wife's home while she was getting ready to leave for work. He demanded that she come with him. He broke into the house and she ran into her bedroom. He followed her. He saw his daughter and another individual in the house, on the phone. He pointed a gun at them and told them not to call authorities or he would kill his wife and himself. He then grabbed his wife by the hair and dragged her to his car in the garage. In the struggle, she was able to get away and tried to get back into the house. That's when Thompson shot at her, striking the doorframe next to her. She was able to get inside the door, but Thompson again grabbed her by the hair and dragged her to the car. He forced her into the car and drove off with her.  Wright County sheriff's deputies spotted the car and pursued it. When Thompson crossed back into Stearns County, Stearns County deputies took over the pursuit. At one point, Thompson slammed on his brakes and caused one of the deputies to rear-end the car with his squad car. When Thompson's car stopped, his estranged wife escaped and ran for help. Thompson's gun had fallen to the floor at the time of the collision. He got out of the car and was reaching for his gun when he was shot and wounded by deputies. Thompson was treated at the scene and airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. He remains hospitalized, under armed guard, while he is being treated there for the gunshot wound. According to the Stearns County warrant and complaint, Thompson later admitted that he intended to kill her and then himself. The Stearns County Attorney filed formal charges Monday this week that include attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping with intent to commit great bodily harm or terrorize, burglary and first-degree assault, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, violation of an Order for Protection, domestic abuse, and violating an OFP while possessing a dangerous weapon. When Thompson is released from the hospital, he will be taken directly to the Stearns County Jail where he will wait for arraignment. No date has been set for arraignment at this time. The county   attorney's office will release additional information after Thompson makes his first court appearance.