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Hudson man charged with seven felonies free on bond

HUDSON - A Hudson man is free on bond, after being charged with seven felonies for shooting at his son and police officers.

43-year-old Daniel Christenson appeared in Saint Croix County Circuit Court yesterday on three counts of attempted homicide, and four charges of felony reckless endangerment.

Authorities said Christenson drank at a bar on October 17th, went home, threatened his 19-year-old son, and fired shots in the house while three of the teens' friends were downstairs. They hid in a basement closet during the ordeal and later escaped. Christenson's son called police, and a seven-hour stand-off ensued. It ended when a deputy shot Christenson while he was raising his arm with a gun he reportedly used to shoot at two officers a short time earlier.

The judge ordered a combined cash-and-signature bond, and told him to stay away from the son's three friends. Families of those three filed restraining orders this week, after Christenson was released from a hospital last week without being arrested. He's due back in court January 21st, when the status of his case will be reviewed. His attorney says Christenson will plead innocent.

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