Summary of the District Attorney’s Statements After the Monticello Shooting

(KNSI) – Wright County District Attorney Brian Lutes released a statement after charging 18-year-old Dillon Lawrence Tilbury with second-degree murder and first-degree assault for gun at the landfill near Montissippi Park in Monticello on January 16.

Lutes said, “This level of violence in our community is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. I want the public to know that this is not an accident but an action that is aimed at a specific person. It is an ongoing study; I’m not allowed to say too much, but the people you interact with and the actions you take affect your safety.

“I would like to thank the citizens of the area who contacted the police to help locate Tilbury. I commend the efforts of my law enforcement colleagues with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol who quickly tracked Tilbury down to where he was hiding.”

According to police records, around 8:30 p.m., they were called to the Montissippi Park landfill for a shooting. They found 44-year-old Jade Nickels of Monticello in the driveway near the front door of the home. He was shot several times and was also assaulted. Nickels was rushed to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities and was listed in critical but stable condition.

The witnesses said Tilbury fled the scene, but Lutes said he was chased by deputies at a home where they used a robot to open the garage door where Tilbury was hiding and then flew a small drone into the the garage provides video surveillance in the garage. The sheriff’s office then ordered K9 Chase into the garage, where he reported a trunk of a car in the garage where Tilbury was hiding. Tilbury returned just as Chase jumped right into the trunk.

Tilbury made his first court appearance on Friday morning. The court has set his bail at $450,000, or $750,000 without conditions. Tilbury will appear in court again at 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 31st.


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