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Backus shooting victim identified

Cass County Sheriff 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.

On Wednesday, the sheriff announced the identity of the victim as Christian David Kruckow. The suspect, a 73-year-old man, remains in custody in the Cass County Jail pending formal charges.

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.