Fertile man charged with attempted murder in airplane shooting incident

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A Fertile, MN, man has been charged with attempted murder and assault, in connection with a shooting involving a small plane.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says 51-year-old Chad Olson was arrested Thursday, and appeared in court Friday.

Officials say the pilot of a 1974 Cessna SkyWagon told deputies he was flying the plane on October 6th, and heard what he thought was something hitting the plane near the Fertile airport. The next day, the pilot noticed a hole in the plane’s fuselage.

The complaint says Olson, who lives near the Fertile airport, had complained earlier to the F-A-A about planes flying over his property, and said he may have to use lethal force if he felt threatened by them.

A friend said Olson was holding a rifle after he heard gunshots, and Olson told him not to say anything to investigators.

The friend also told a deputy he saw Olson fire at a plane that was over his home last spring.

Olson faces charges of attempted 2nd degree murder, 2nd degree assault, and first degree damage to property.

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