Man indicted after Thief River Falls birthday party fight ends in shooting
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - -A Thief River Falls man on Tuesday made his first appearance in court on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting another man multiple times at a birthday party where he wasn't invited.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - -A Thief River Falls man on Tuesday made his first appearance in court on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting another man multiple times at a birthday party where he wasn’t invited.
Trevor Lee Brown, 23, was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and reckless discharge of a firearm, all felonies, in Pennington County District Court.
The charges were leveled against Brown after prosecutors said he shot 28-year-old Ryan Houle, Thief River Falls, twice in the chest Sunday at Houle's residence, according to the criminal complaint filed against Brown. Houle was taken to Sanford Health in Thief River Falls and then airlifted to Sanford Health in Fargo, where he underwent surgery for a collapsed lung, according to the complaint.
Houle was in serious condition as of 6 p.m. Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Shots were fired at about 2:35 a.m. Sunday during a birthday party at the Houle residence. Shortly before shots were fired, a fight broke out between two party-goers. Two witnesses say they saw Brown flee the residence with three others in a white vehicle, the complaint says.
A manhunt ensued, according to several news releases, and officers arrested Brown without a fight at about 5 p.m. Sunday in Goodridge, Minn., a town about 20 miles east of Thief River Falls.