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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

A grand jury has decided that no charges are warranted in the Robert John Erle shooting.

Erle was shot and killed by a Bemidji police officer after officers responded to a medical call at 228 Kay Ave. S.E. in Nymore.

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According to a press release from Beltrami County Attorney Tim Faver, a Beltrami County Grand Jury met Wednesday and reviewed the circumstances surrounding Erle's death.

The grand jury, after hearing testimony on the matter, returned Thursday with a "no bill," which is a legal determination by a grand jury that no charges are warranted, the press release said.

Marlene Senechal, managing attorney of the adult prosecution division of the Hennepin County Attorney office, presented the matter to the grand jury at the request of the Beltrami County Attorney, the press release said.

Erle reportedly had a knife in his possession at the time of officers' arrival, according to the information released by the Bemidji Police Department after the shooting occurred.

Bemidji Police Officer Nathan Jager shot Erle once in the chest. Officer Becki Pederson also was on scene. Both were placed on administrative leave following the shooting.

Pederson returned to active duty with the Police Department Sept. 10, according to Police Chief Gerald Johnson. Jager, he said, remained on administrative leave as of Thursday.

The initial investigation into the incident was conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The case was then turned over to the Beltrami County Attorney's office.

Faver, the Beltrami County attorney, met with Erle's family and representatives in October. The family decided during the meeting to ask Hennepin County to review the case to alleviate any conflict of interest concerns.

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