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Rochester man arrested for unlawful possession of firearms after neighbors report shots fired

Kevin Allen

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A report of shots fired, that was likely actually fireworks going off, led to the arrest of a Rochester man for unlawful possession of a gun.

Neighbors complained to police that a man fired a shot out of his back door, then went back inside his house. This happened at about 7 Tuesday night in the 1900 Block of 18 1/2 Street NW.

When police arrived at the scene, a man and woman came out of a house and denied that any shots were fired. When authorities searched their home, they found a shotgun, a rifle and a pellet gun.

Kevin Allen, 39, of Rochester is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess firearms.

Police do not believe that Allen fired any gunshots, as there was dust and spider webs on the shotgun when they found it. Allen said he was sitting in the kitchen, heard noises outside, then went out to see what going on.

According to police, Allen likely grabbed the pellet gun as he went outside, and went out the door right as the fireworks went off from elsewhere.

Police are unsure where the fireworks came from. Officers continued to hear fireworks when they left Allen's residence.

Allen was arrested for possessing firearms with a prior conviction, a gross misdemeanor charge.

Byron Tollefson

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