Former Minnesota police officer sentenced for assaulting wife

Photo courtesy of the Nobles County Sheriff's Office

NOBLES COUNTY, MN - According to court documents, Richard Bruns plead guilty to assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday. KSFY first reported this story back in June of 2018 when he was originally arrested.

The felony charge of threats of violence was dismissed as well as the two misdemeanor domestic assault charges. He was arrested on Friday, June 15th after he and his wife got into an argument and things escalated from there. According to court documents, the incident happened at the couple's home in Adrian following an evening of drinking. The children left the house during the argument to call police. That's when Bruns and his wife got into another argument. She recorded the conversation on her cell phone, where you could hear him unlocking a gun safe and hear his wife yelling to put the gun down because she did not want to die.

His wife read a statement in the sentencing hearing on Tuesday. She released this statement to KSFY afterwards, "I do not wish to speak to the media at this time, as I believe the recording and my statement speak for themselves. I am happy justice was served as much as it can be, and look forward to being able to sleep for the next 2 years. I hope my story will give hope to someone else living in fear at this time to come forward and seek help. And for all the women that the system has failed, I hope my story creates change."

At the time of the arrest, Bruns was a police officer with the Adrian Police Department, but Chief Shawn Langseth told KSFY News he was placed on administrative leave indefinitely.