Former cop killer arrested for felony domestic assault

A Brook Park man convicted in 1992 of killing a Pine County deputy sheriff, is facing new felony charges after authorities were called to his home to investigate a domestic assault incident.

Scott Arlen Lange

Scott Arlen Lange, 51, was charged before Judge P. Hunter Anderson Aug. 25 in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge with felonies domestic assault and domestic assault by strangulation, and gross misdemeanors fifth-degree assault-within three years of previous conviction and fifth-degree drug possession. His bail was set at $130,000 and as of Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 29, Lange was still in custody.

The alleged incident took place around 3 p.m. Aug. 24 after authorities were called to Lange’s home located along the 36850 block of Lily Street Northwest.

According to court records, Lange was convicted of second-degree murder in June 1992 in Pine County District Court for killing a Pine County deputy sheriff in August 1991 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Also, Lange was convicted of felony third-degree assault in Isanti County in March 2009 and gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault from Kanabec County in August 2014.

According to the criminal complaint:
On Aug. 24, around 3 p.m., a domestic assault call was reported from the Lange residence. The victim reported Lange had struck her and was now barricaded in the house. Squads arrived on scene and were attempting to make contact with Lange.

Investigator Bowker arrived on scene and had the victim give him a statement inside his squad car.

Bowker was able to see visible bruising on her neck and throat area, along with some scarring on the outside of her left eye toward her ear.

The victim stated Lange became angry with her earlier in the day around 10 a.m. and became physically violent with her, punching her with a closed fist, twice, on her face.

The victim confirmed the visible bruise-scar was from the morning assault, and during the assault, Lange took both of his hands and choked her, stating, “I could kill you at any second,” then continued choking her while making other comments to her. There were scratch marks on both sides of the victims neck.

Bowker took several photos of the victim’s face, left eye, her neck and throat areas, as well as her left leg, all of which had visible bruising.

Isanti County Deputy Doug Barron also responded to the incident. Because of the history with Lange, deputies took up perimeter positions around the house.

Lieutenant Lance Olson and Barron tried to clear a red barn on the west side of the property.

One door was found to be locked, the other door was found to be closed with some items or debris keeping it shut. They went to the northern most door on the east side of the building and were able to make entry there.

As soon as they went into the barn, Barron turned left to start clearing the barn and he heard a voice yell, “What are you doing in here? Get out, you don’t have any right to be in here.” The male voice belonged to Lange.

Lange was placed under arrest. A search incident to arrest was conducted wherein a bubble pipe with a significant amount of white residue was found. This type of pipe is commonly used for smoking methamphetamine.

Other items were found in Lange’s pocket included knives and utility blades, some lighters to include a butane lighter which is a common use for smoking methamphetamine, as well as miscellaneous other items.