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Authorities identify suspect in fatal shooting near Detroit Lakes

Ronald Wayne Elias Thompson III

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Authorities here are asking for the public’s help in finding an 18-year-old man in connection with a fatal weekend shooting that occurred at a residence on the White Earth Indian Reservation.

Ronald Wayne Elias Thompson III has been identified as a suspect in the shooting of Jaime Lee Bevins Jr., 27, on early Sunday morning, June 9, in Maple Grove Township, about 20 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, according to a news release from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.

Thompson currently has felony warrants for firearms and parole violations.

A witness said that Bevins was shot in the late hours of a graduation party at the residence after an argument had broken out.

Bevins’ body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Anyone with information regarding Thompson’s whereabouts is requested to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 218-847-2661.

Bevins had recently been arrested after a high-speed chase in Becker County on the afternoon of May 9. The chase reached speeds of over 100 mph, and Bevins was held in the Becker County Jail on charges for fleeing a peace officer, as well as on five warrants, two of which were felony burglary and theft.

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