State seeks aggravated sentence against Kellogg man who allegedly fired gun during arrest

(ABC 6 News) – UPDATE: Olmsted County Court filed a motion to seek an aggravated or longer-than-normal sentence for a Kellogg man, if he is convicted of assault in a recent hotel shooting.

David Ray Collier, 33, faces charges of 2nd- and 4th-degree assault, attempted disarming of a peace officer, three counts of illegal possession of a firearm/ammunition, and one charge of 5th-degree drug possession after being arrested in a SE hotel lobby Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The state of Minnesota indicated that it intends to request the aggravated sentence based on Collier’s 12 different previous felony convictions, two of which were considered crimes of violence, and seven additional misdemeanor convictions.

Collier’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 21.

(ABC 6 News) – Rochester Police are investigating a shooting incident at a hotel in south Rochester early Wednesday morning.

Officers went to the hotel at 55 Wood Lake Drive SE, around 12:15 a.m. for a report of people with guns on the property.

According to police, a witness told officers that a man identified as David Ray Collier, 33 of Kellogg, had a gun and was walking through the lobby. Officers followed the suspect to a laundry room and approached him. As they went to handcuff him, the suspect refused lawful commands and physically resisted officers.

While he was resisting, Collier reached into his pocket and pulled out a firearm. Before officers could disarm him, Collier fired one shot that went into the floor. It took four officers several minutes to ultimately detain the suspect.

“RPD officers are dedicated professionals who respond to calls for service that often involve people who put police at substantial risk each and every shift. This was a dangerous situation with an armed suspect that could have easily resulted in the use of deadly force. The officers demonstrated courage, skill and quick action, leading to a safe conclusion and the apprehension of the suspect,” Chief Jim Franklin shared.

Callier had two active probation violation warrants issued this month. He has multiple felony convictions including burglary, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, controlled substance crimes and domestic assault.