Police fired shots as convenience store assault suspect rammed squad car

The suspect also allegedly fired a handgun during the assault.
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The suspect in the assault of a convenience store allegedly attempted to ram a squad car, with several deputies opening fire as a result.

The incident unfolded just before 10 a.m. Monday, when the Chisago County Sheriff's Office was called to an assault at a convenience store in Shafer, Minnesota.

It was there that a clerk was allegedly being assaulted by a man with a beard and a ponytail, who following the assault "fired a handgun and had smashed a windshield with the handgun."

The clerk had pressed the store's "hold-up alarm," prompting a response from deputies, who arrived to find the suspect had already fled.

However, his license plate was noted, with deputies finding it was registered to a male in Shafer identified as Benjamin Juneau, 47.

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When they arrived at his home, Juneau allegedly fled in a vehicle, accelerating "at a high rate of speed and rammed an occupied squad car that was parked in the opposite lane of traffic."

During the course of the incident, three deputies fired their weapons. Juneau only suffered minor injuries however, from the crash, and has since been released from the hospital.

He is now facing charges of 2nd-degree assault.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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