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Crime beat: Shots ring off at underage party involving local students

Crime beat: Shots ring off at underage party involving local students

Multiple shots were fired after police broke up an underage drinking party in northwest Rochester Friday night. No one was believed to be injured.

Police were called to 3907 Birmingham Lane NW around 11:40 p.m. to a report of a loud party. When officers arrived, they found the home packed with at least 50 underage drinkers, says the police report.

 
 

Many of the individuals took off running. While trying to get everyone out of the building, officers heard shots go off in the backyard.

They later located several shell casings in the area. Investigators are not sure where the shots were fired at someone or just into the sky. 

The 18-year-old male who hosted the party will be cited with noise violations and for hosting an underage drinking party. The teen's parents were out of town at the time of the party.

According to police, many of the individuals at the party were wearing clothing from John Marshall High School.

Burglary suspect arrested

For suspects on the run, three for four just won't cut it.

Jamie Bjerke, 27, was arrested Sunday after fleeing police in three previous incidents. Bjerke, who is well known to local police, was wanted on a felony warrant for a previous burglary.

According to police, Bjerke was also identified as the suspect in an another burglary overnight Friday at Excel Auto on 37th Street. He was caught on surveillance video breaking in and stealing money out of the register.

Bjerke fled police by vehicle on separate occasions Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In the first two incidents, officers chased Bjerke, who was in a stolen car, but terminated the pursuits due to department protocol.

He was located at 128 11th Avenue SE on Sunday. Officers found a handgun in his possession. He faces a number of felonies related to the burglary, pursuits and possession of the weapon. 

Photo: Jamie Bjerke

Accidental gunshot injury

Police respond to St. Marys Hospital Sunday evening to a report of an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound.

The teen initially told police an elaborate story about a robbery gone bad. However, that turned out not to be true.

According to police, all indications suggest he shot himself in the leg with a .22 caliber rifle while under the influence of alcohol and sedatives.

It's unclear who the gun belonged to. Police will continue to investigate whether charges are warranted.


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