Joseph Kadlec swerved car at passing motorcyclists, shot one in face outside PD

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Kadlec allegedly shot a biker in the face during a road rage incident.
God forbid you encounter 71-year-old Cambridge resident Joseph Kadlec when he's behind the wheel, but if you do, don't try and pass him.

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Kadlec has been involved in six road rage incidents since 2008, and the worst one occurred last Saturday afternoon when he allegedly shot a motorcyclist in the face right outside the Isanti Police Department headquarters.

In a police report, a driver who was cruising behind Kadlec recounts how the incident involving the bikers escalated:
A witness in a car behind Kadlec's reported seeing [motorcyclists Kyle Ronning and Matthew Larowe] riding their motorcycles south on Minnesota 65. As the two tried to pass the vehicle driven by the witness and Kadlec's cars, Kadlec car sped up, preventing the two from passing. This led to Kadlec's "jerking" his car toward the motorcyclists when they tried to pass him. One motorcyclist directed an obscene gesture at Kadlec and later kicked his car.
Kadlec and the bikers both turned off on County Road 5 and ended up in the parking lot of the Isanti Police Department, where the incident escalated from arguing to possibly deadly violence.

From KARE:
Isanti Police were dispatched to a report of a fight in the parking lot right outside their department. As two officers exited the building they heard a gunshot, then saw a man in his 20's holding on to his face.

That man, Kyle Ronning of Columbia Heights, had been shot in the chin just below his lip. His teeth were shattered, and tissue was severely damaged. An officer noticed what appeared to be a bullet lodged below Ronning's ear.

Ronning and a friend were riding motorcycles; there was also a car in the lot. An officer questioned the driver of that vehicle, who turned out to be Joseph Kadlec. Kadlec admitted there was a road rage incident on Highway 65, The officer recovered a 9 mm handgun from the front seat of Kadlec's car.
Despite Kadlec's history of road rage, he has a valid permit to carry a handgun. The Star Tribune tried calling Isanti County Sheriff Russ Monson about whether the previous incidents were taken into consideration when Kadlec's handgun permit was approved, but he didn't return their calls.

Kadlec has been charged with three felonies, including first-degree assault, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, and first-degree attempted manslaughter. The Strib reports he was released on bail last night, so look out next time you're driving in Isanti County.

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15 comments
Scott Jochum
Scott Jochum

How many incidents were there on top of the 6 that got reported? My guess is that probably no more than 1/4 of all events even get reported.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Good thing this idiot was able to easily get a gun.  Think of what would have happened if we didn't have this deep thinker armed to the teeth.  Think of all the crimes this armed patriot has prevented.  Who cares if a guy gets shot in the face for daring to pass him?   We need more mentally ill people with guns.  Think how much safer we would all be!

Brian Eh
Brian Eh

This old coffin dodger just shot a man point blank in the face and intended to kill him. Why is it even possible that this guy is still allowed to be driving around on the streets with a gun in his possession, when he should be spending the rest of his life behind bars? I imagine there are a bunch of bikers in that area who might be looking forward to meeting this guy on the road.

Marc Spencer
Marc Spencer

how does this fucker get bail??? what curtis meyer said.. and brad, i agree with you too. this guy should ALREADY be doing some kind of time, methinks.

Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

Remind me not to ride my bicycle nearby...

kitipride
kitipride

@citypages and he is back out on the streets? Thats great...

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

He's out on bail? I hope they gave his gun back.

paigetastic
paigetastic

first degree attempted manslaughter??? didn't he shoot a guy directly in the face???? 

Brad Benson
Brad Benson

how does he have a permit to carry with 6 other road rage incidents in the past?

Swee2th
Swee2th

 @MicheleBachmann Right, because if he hadn't had a gun there would have been no other method of killing the guy. 

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