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UPDATE: Man who stabbed self identified

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BEMIDJI -- A Cloquet man stabbed himself in the chest three times inside a Bemidji residence Tuesday afternoon when law enforcement arrived to serve him with a warrant..

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Wendell Lee Olson, 43, was served a Carlton County warrant for third-degree criminal sexual conduct on Averi Circle, approximately two miles west of Bemidji.

Wendell Olson

Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said when sheriff’s office investigators and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents arrived at the house, Olson barricaded himself in a bedroom and stabbed himself with a steak knife.

Officers heard the sound of a gun being slammed into battery and called for additional back-up officers, according to a release issued from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. While additional officers were responding to the scene, investigators and agents were able to talk Olson into surrendering.

“We’re glad nobody else in the house was hurt in the incident,” Hodapp said.

Olson was transported to the hospital emergency room at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Law enforcement reported Olson was life-flighted to Sanford Fargo for additional treatment of his self-inflicted wounds.

A second man, Virgil Lee Roy, 46, of Bemidji was arrested for theft charges out of Beltrami and Becker counties. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office stated that Olson was a guest at Roy’s residence on Averi Circle NW.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Bemidji Police, Minnesota State Patrol and Bemidji Ambulance Service.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts and Beltrami county government for The Bemidji Pioneer. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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