Cushing man arrested after foot pursuit through
After a nearly three-hour foot pursuit in a wooded area in Cushing Township Feb. 15, a Cushing man was apprehended by a K-9 team and is currently in custody at the Morrison County Jail.
According to their report, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office observed 45-year-old Brian John Prozinski of Cushing working in his driveway at 28589 Bear Road. The sheriff’s office had a probable cause arrest on Prozinski for second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and a felon in possession of a firearm stemming from an incident that took place on Jan. 28.
During the Jan. 28 incident, 49-year-old Marshall McClung of Cushing, who was known to Prozinski, was at his residence in a truck. Prozinski shot at McClung, hitting the driver’s door with what appeared to be a round from a rifle.
A KOPS (Keep Our Police Safe) alert was sent out to other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to locate and apprehend Prozinski.
On Feb. 2, the MCSO executed a search warrant at Prozinski’s residence. The Morrison County SWAT Team was activated for the search warrant. During the search, three firearms were located, two of which were loaded. Prozinski was not located at the residence. Law enforcement officials were advised by Prozinski’s neighbor that Prozinski made a comment stating that he was not going back to jail willingly and that he would not be taken alive.
On Feb. 15, a Morrison County deputy confronted Prozinski in his driveway and told him he was under arrest. Prozinski immediately took off running into the woods northwest of his residence to avoid apprehension. The responding deputies and troopers were able to set up a perimeter. The foot pursuit included woodland terrain as well as swamp and marshy areas. The MCSO requested assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol Aviation Unit. With the assistance of the aviation unit and two deployed Morrison County K-9 teams, Prozinski was located over two and a half hours later climbing a tree in a wooded area. Prozinski was ordered down out of the tree several times by deputies and he refused to comply. A fifteen minute standoff ensued between the deputies and Prozinski. After all options were explored and considered and because of the remote area Prozinski was located at, Prozinski was advised by deputies on scene that if he refused to come out of the tree they would cut it down with a chainsaw.
Prozinski proceeded to jump to other trees within range. Eventually, Prozinski started to climb down halfway and then jumped onto the ground. Prozinski again struggled with the deputies until he was apprehended by a K-9 team.
Prozinski was transported to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls where he was treated and released. He is currently in custody in the Morrison County Jail awaiting formal charges.