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Princeton resident acquitted of attempted murder, assault charges in 2022 shooting

A 43-year-old Princeton resident was acquitted of three charges relating to a 2022 Mille Lacs County shooting.


On Friday, a jury found Austin Carlson not guilty of second degree attempted murder, first degree assault, and second degree assault with a dangerous weapon.


According to the criminal complaint, a Princeton police officer was dispatched after the report of a shooting and disturbance on Oct. 10, 2022. At the scene, Carlson was identified as the shooter.


The victim was observed to have two gunshot wounds in his chest and abdomen.


Carlson told authorities the victim lived in an adjoining apartment, and shoved him as they exchanged words.


The victim allegedly became more aggressive when Carlson took out a pocket knife, and tried to grab him.

Carlson allegedly called for his significant other to call 911 and get his gun. The victim prevented Carlson from entering his apartment, and Carlson shot him twice.


Court documents state Carlson entered not guilty pleas to all three charges. The jury trial for the case began on Nov. 27.


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