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Red Wing man in custody after accidental shooting

Dustin James Buntemeyer

Messing around with a firearm led to one Red Wing resident being hospitalized and another in custody.

Red Wing police responded to a 911 call on April 10, 2019, from Jack Edward Kusnierek, who told dispatchers he had been shot at 120 East Fifth St.

Dustin James Buntemeyer, 23, was booked into Goodhue County jail on April 11. Charges include possession of ammo/any firearm-conviction or adjudicated delinquent for a crime of violence, dangerous weapons-reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality, possession of ammo/any firearm, shooting victim-duty to render aid.

According to a criminal complaint, Buntemeyer, Kusnierek and Daquan Eugune Espinoza, 25, and another unnamed individual were at the residence at the time of the shooting.

Espinoza stated a weapon, that he believed to be owned by Buntemeyer, was being used as a prop for photographs. The group was drinking and smoking, according to the criminal complaint.

Espinoza said he went to use the bathroom when he heard a single shot fired somewhere in the residence. Upon entering the kitchen, he found Kusnierek was on the floor, shot in the stomach. Buntemeyer allegedly told Espinoza, “I didn’t know there was a clip in it.”

The individuals fled the scene leaving the gun and Kusnierek in the residence.

Authorities interviewed Buntemeyer on April 11, who admitted to the accidental shooting and that the gun was his own.

Buntemeyer stated he and Kusnierek were wrestling with the weapon, Buntemeyer trying to twist it out of Kusnierek’s hands with the barrel facing toward the victim.

The 20-year-old was transported by the Red Wing Ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing and then transferred to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

His condition was unknown at press time.

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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