A jury found a 56-year-old Lanesboro man who led police on a 5-mile chase that ended in a hour-long standoff in 2016 not guilty of assaulting a Winona police officer with a dangerous weapon.
After hours of deliberation, the Winona County District Court jury on Tuesday also acquitted Daryl Scott Jackson on charges of drunken driving but found him guilty on lesser charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle — a felony — and misdemeanor failure to comply with a peace officer.
Jackson faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine for fleeing police and up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for failing to comply with police when he is sentenced Aug. 30.
According court records, on July 2, 2016, Winona police officers Wade Anderson and Doug Inglett opened fire on Jackson after he pulled a black handgun on them shortly after midnight.
An off-duty police officer spotted Jackson driving erratically near the 1800 block of Garvin Heights Road, according to the complaint.
The officer reported Jackson and followed him while a squad car was dispatched.
When asked for license and proof of insurance, Jackson instead reached down toward the floorboard and came back holding a black handgun. The officer responded by drawing his service weapon and firing as he retreated to the squad car for cover, court documents said.
Jackson was struck in the neck.
Defense attorney Kurt Knuesel argued in court that Jackson never intended to hurt the officers.
In court, Jackson testified that he didn’t point the firearm at Inglett and was only attempting to make him aware of the weapon.
After officers opened fire, the wounded Jackson led police on a chase that ended when Winona County Sheriff’s deputies deployed stop sticks near the intersection of Highway 43 and Interstate 90.
The interstate’s westbound lanes were closed while the Winona County Emergency Response Unit attempted to negotiate with the still uncooperative Jackson.
Winona County Sheriff’s deputy Josh Murphy testified in court Tuesday that during negotiations Jackson claimed to have been depressed and wanted to end his life.
“He was afraid of the police. He was afraid we were going to beat him up if he got out his car,” Murphy said in his testimony.
The negotiations lasted more than an hour before Jackson surrendered without incident.
A .45-caliber handgun was recovered from the front seat of Jackson’s vehicle, according to a report from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Jackson was taken by ambulance to Winona Health and transferred to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury to his neck.
“My client feels vindicated by the jury’s verdict regarding the assault. From the beginning, he has been steadfast in his position that he was not guilty of assaulting officer Inglett, and he is obviously pleased that the jury agreed,” Knuesel said in a statement released Wednesday. “While he respects the jury’s decision with regard to the fleeing charge and the failure to follow command charge, he is disappointed that the jury did not recognize that he had no choice but to flee the scene to avoid being shot again.”