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Red Lake man indicted on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against a 29-year-old felon on the charge of possessing a 40-caliber, semi-automatic pistol.

The indictment, which was filed with the U.S. District Court Thursday, charges Jeffrey Lee Dolson of Red Lake with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges Dolson possessed the Glock pistol on Feb. 21.

According to an FBI affidavit filed in this case, Red Lake Tribal Police were called to Dolson's residence on the afternoon of Feb. 21. While at the house, officers allegedly observed Dotson standing on the deck, shooting a handgun into the woods.

When the officers later returned to the house with backup to arrest Dolson, a scuffle ensued between Dolson and one of the officers. During that scuffle, Dolson allegedly tossed aside the handgun he had in his possession. Ultimately, Dolson was subdued and arrested.

A subsequent execution of a search warrant at the house yielded spent ammunition casings and a Glock handgun. The gun was recovered from the floor, where Dolson allegedly had thrown it.

Because Dolson is a felon, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm at any time. Dolson's prior felonies include a federal aggravated assault conviction in Minnesota in 2003.

The federal government has primary law enforcement jurisdiction over the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Thus, if Dolson is convicted of the charge now filed against him, he faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office District of Minnesota, FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.