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Armed standoff ends with felony charges

A standoff last month between Dakota County Sheriff's deputies and a 46-year-old Farmington man ended peacefully but with several charges against the man, who was described as drunk, possibly suicidal and in possession of a handgun.

Deputies found Cameron Ackland at around 2:30 p.m. March 11, parked near Blaine Avenue just south of Rosemount in Empire Township. The sheriff's department had received calls about a man staggering around a car parked by the road.

When a deputy found the car and ran the license plate the report showed Ackland was suicidal and possibly in possession of a gun. The deputy called for assistance before approaching.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Ackland spent much of his time interacting with police standing outside his car, a bottle of tequila in one hand and a silver handgun in the other. He refused commands to put the gun down, and on several occasions held his arm straight as if getting ready to lift the gun and fire. He also jabbed at deputies with the gun, then staggered several steps toward the deputies.

According to the complaint, Ackland eventually stumbled toward the side of the road and fell down. He dropped the gun as he was trying to get up, and deputies, approaching behind an armored vehicle, were able to arrest him.

The gun was not loaded. Ackland did not have a permit to carry it.

Ackland now faces charges of second-degree assault, a felony, carrying a pistol while under the influence of alcohol and carrying a pistol without a permit. The assault charge has a potential sentence of three to seven years and a maximum fine of $14,000. The other charges, both gross misdemeanors, each have a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $3,000.