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Shooting investigated on reservation

REDBY — Seven people are in custody after a nearly 10-hour standoff that began with reports of gunfire Friday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, the Headwaters SWAT team and the FBI, assisted Red Lake authorities in apprehending the seven suspects, who remained in a residence near the town of Redby for most of Friday.

The standoff began when several Red Lake Tribal Police officers came under gunfire while responding to an early morning call of shots fired at a residence. One officer was hit by a piece of shrapnel, but the shrapnel struck him in the vest and the officer was unhurt, a release from the Red Lake Tribal Police said.

Five suspects surrendered after being coaxed out by authorities, and the remaining two were apprehended only after a SWAT team fired tear gas into the residence, the release said.

The standoff ended at about 3:30 p.m., according to officials.

Red Lake Public Safety Director Bill Brunelle said it is yet to be determined whether the suspects fired at the officers intentionally or whether they were shooting randomly.

Zach Kayser
Zach Kayser covers local government and city issues for the Pioneer. He previously worked for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris. 
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