Deputy Indictment Dismissed 15 Jan 13

The trial of a McLeod County Sheriff’s Deputy has been cancelled after the judge dismissed the indictment against him. Deputy Mark Eischens was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and intentional discharge of a firearm for a shooting incident in rural Glencoe last April. Three law enforcement agencies were executing a search warrant when Eischens allegedly fired his weapon while entering the home and shot 58-year-old Harry Lee Ondracek, who was hospitalized before being taken to the McLeod County Jail on drug charges. Eischens was placed on paid administrative leave following the incident. The charges were dismissed because the case against Eischens could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. He reportedly heard a “thud” or “bang” just as Ondracek had come around a corner and into view. Eischens asserted that he thought Ondracek had fired a weapon, and fired his in self-defense. It was later determined that Ondracek was unarmed.