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Assault charge follows Cannon Falls couple's engagement celebration

Andrew Michael Lawrence

A Cannon Falls man was arrested on Oct. 1 after disabling his fiance's vehicle, breaking her cellphone and firing a rifle following an argument, according to court documents.

Adam Michael Lawrence, 42, was booked into jail pending charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, interfering with a 911 call, domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and dangerous weapons after Goodhue County Sheriff's Office received a call from his fiance, Crystal Johnson, from a neighboring home.

Lawrence and Johnson had recently got engaged after being together for five years and were celebrating at their Leon Township home.

According to a criminal complaint, after Lawrence suggested going "to the bedroom," Johnson said "no," causing Lawrence to become angry.

An argument ensued, with Johnson stating that Lawrence broke her cellphone.

Johnson would continue to say Lawrence grabbed a gun, holding it while arguing, even putting the gun to his throat, making suicidal comments. As Johnson went to leave, Lawrence fired his weapon. Johnson said she was unsure which direction the shot was fired toward.

Johnson tried to leave in her vehicle, but Lawrence had disabled the vehicle by tampering with the battery.

Johnson attempted to speak with Lawrence's parents, Kenneth Leslie Lawrence and Lola Rae Lawrence, who have a home on the same property, but was told to leave. Johnson then spoke with a neighbor who called the authorities.

Upon arrival, Goodhue County Sheriff's deputies placed Lawrence under arrest, who stated he was looking for his fiance.

When speaking with deputies, Lawrence said the couple had been drinking and got into an argument.

Lawrence admitted to having a gun in his hand and that he discharged the gun into the ground while standing in his doorway because he was "trying to make a point." The complaint went on to say the "point" was trying to stop Johnson from driving her vehicle while intoxicated.

Law enforcement searched the residence, observing numerous firearms, including the rifle that was fired.

Lawrence submitted to a preliminary breath sample, with a .04 BrAC, according to the complaint. The charge of second-degree assault is a felony offense.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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