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Backus man, 63, shot to death

Cass County Sheriff's Tom Burch reported Tuesday afternoon that a 63-year-old Backus man was shot and killed in Ponto Township east of Backus earlier in the day.

Law enforcement officers responded to the call at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, and found the victim deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers took a 73-year-old male suspect into custody. The suspect is being held in the Cass County Jail pending formal charges.

Officers from the Cass County Sheriff's Office, Pine River Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension responded to the incident, which remains under investigation with an autopsy pending.

Names of the victim and suspect are being withheld pending notification of famil members.