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Law enforcement searches for Redby shooting suspect

REDBY -- Police are searching for a suspect after a shooting Thursday in Redby, according to law enforcement.

Scanner chatter indicated the shooting occurred at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday, and that the suspect could be headed toward International Falls or the Warroad area and could be armed and dangerous.

Chief Deputy Jon Froemke with the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office in International Falls confirmed to the Pioneer that law enforcement in the area had been asked to be on the lookout for a suspect in a black Chevrolet Impala. Information from the scanner said the Impala has Red Lake plates. Froemke did not know whether anyone was injured.

“There was a shooting and a suspect was possibly headed this way,” Froemke said.

Chief Deputy Ernie Beitel with the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office said via email that the office has received information and is assisting, but that no deputies are on the reservation itself. He would not comment further, citing an open investigation.

Redby is located within the Red Lake Indian Reservation is about 30 miles north of Bemidji.

Red Lake’s Director of Public Safety William Brunelle referred the Pioneer to the FBI. The Bemidji FBI office directed a reporter to the Bureau’s public relations office in the Twin Cities.

Grace Pastoor

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