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Man Faces Multiple Charges After Firing Gun Toward Officers

1/4/2020

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Bryan Bowser, 32, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault after firing shots Friday night toward three Midtown Hills Precinct officers inside the garage of a vacant building at 50 Music Square West.

Midtown Hills Precinct officers initially responded to the building Friday at 6 p.m. after observing a man crouched near the garage entrance. They were already nearby investigating a burglary from a vehicle at 54 Music Square East and were aware of numerous other similar thefts in the area. The man eluded police after running inside the vacant building.

At 8:30 p.m., officers again observed the man, who turned out to be Bowser, enter 50 Music Square West. Officers Thomas Broatch, Gabriel Hamilton, and Ryan Coll followed him into the garage where they saw Bowser peering out of a broken window of a small room inside the garage approximately 20 feet from the officers. Officers identified themselves and gave verbal commands for Bowser to come out. Officers then saw a hand emerge from the window with a pistol which Bowser fired two times toward the officers. They quickly took cover and gave repeated verbal commands for Bowser to surrender himself.

After a lengthy negotiation and search for Bowser, MNPD SWAT officers took him into custody Saturday at 1:15 a.m. on the ninth floor of the building without further incident. Officers recovered three handguns from Bowser’s jacket pockets. He was also in possession of multiple rounds of ammunition. During an interview, Bowser said he had been living in the building. He admitted to trespassing, shooting the handgun when officers were present, possessing the three weapons, and attempting to evade arrest.

At the time of his arrest, Bowser was wanted on an outstanding failure to appear warrant stemming from a July 2018 incident in which officers responded to reports of a man with a gun walking toward a wooded area. In this case, officers were attempting to search him when he allegedly pulled away and began reaching for his waist. During an ensuing struggle, an officer was struck in the face by Bowser’s elbow. Bowser had two holstered handguns on his waistband.

In addition to the three counts of aggravated assault against a police officer for last night’s incident, Bowser is also charged with unlawful weapon possession, criminal trespassing, and evading arrest. He is being held in lieu of $111,000 bond.

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Bryan Bowser, 32