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Standoff investigation should have been conducted by another county

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The “rubber stamp” issued by the Beltrami County attorney with respect to the summertime standoff that resulted in the death of Mr. Deppa was not unexpected. It clearly is a conflict of interest when one county office investigates another county office.

From the description of the events written in the Pioneer shortly after the incident, the sharpshooter involved shot Mr. Deppa in the head. Why was there not an incapacitating shot taken, like in the arm or leg? There should be public outrage when a law enforcement official takes the most devastating result offered.

Clearly this was an assassination and this incident should have been reviewed by an impartial neighboring county.

Byron J. Rock

Bemidji

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