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Underwood man attacked sheriff with sword after assaulting husband, court docs allege

David Taylor Englin-Hill, 35, appeared Thursday, April 14, in Otter Tail County District Court on two charges each of second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor domestic assault. He’s being held at the Otter Tail County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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David Englin-Hill
Otter Tail County Jail
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UNDERWOOD, Minn. — An Otter Tail County man has been accused of assaulting his husband before attacking the sheriff with a sword.

David Taylor Englin-Hill, 35, of Underwood, appeared Thursday, April 14, in Otter Tail County District Court on two charges each of second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor domestic assault. He’s being held at the Otter Tail County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7 a.m. Tuesday to Englin-Hill’s home in Underwood for a report of an assault. A criminal complaint alleged Engling-Hill attacked his husband, that he wouldn’t let his husband out of the house and that he was armed with a sword. The husband said Englin-Hill hit him in the face, the complaint alleged.

Law enforcement tried to negotiate with Englin-Hill before Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons told him officers would use deadly force if he made any moves toward his husband, according to court documents. Englin-Hill was standing between his husband and the door holding an unsheathed sword when officers breached the house, the complaint said.

One officer hit Englin-Hill in his stomach with a less-than-lethal bean bag round fired from a shotgun. The suspect doubled over but then went after Fitzgibbons with the sword, the complaint alleged.

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Officers used a stun gun on Englin-Hill and arrested him, the complaint said.

It doesn’t appear Fitzgibbons was injured.

An attorney was not listed for Englin-Hill as of Thursday afternoon.

Underwood is about 10 miles east of Fergus Falls.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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