On Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 7:43 p.m., police received multiple calls to report suspected gun shots from the alley behind a residence on the 200 block of Center Street. Police found the suspect and a 27-year-old female inside a vehicle parked in the alley. Aaron Gregory Rudolphi, 28, of Winona, admitted to officers that he had been drinking and had recently fired multiple times in the direction of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, shooting at what police determined to be imaginary people. Rudolphi also told police that he was a Marine and claimed to be having “some issues.” The female, who was in the driver’s seat of the parked vehicle, told officers that she had earlier arrived at Rudolphi’s residence to check on him because she was concerned about his welfare. She told police that she convinced Rudolphi to put away the gun and directed police to the trunk of the vehicle. Officers seized the loaded AR-15 .233 caliber rifle and a 20-round box of ammunition for the rifle. The rifle had four live rounds, as well as five spent .233 caliber shell casings, which were found under the porch of the residence.
Rudolphi was arrested and sent to detox. He will be referred to the Winona County Attorney’s office for charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, first-degree criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, and having a loaded uncased firearm in a motor vehicle. The damage to a barrier fence as well as a ground tarp, both of which belong to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, are valued at a combined $1,000. No one was injured and there are no pending charges against the female.