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Man who robbed Big Chief found dead in vehicle [UPDATED]

Published 11:15am Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Updated 12:46pm Monday, April 4, 2011

A man who robbed the Big Chief convenience store on Tuesday night was found dead in his vehicle south of Fergus Falls this morning, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office reported. The man had committed suicide.

The robbery took place at 11:15 p.m., when a single employee in the convenience store area was robbed at gunpoint, the sheriff’s office said.

“The individual filled up with some gas… and (he took) a six pack of alcohol and cigarettes,” said Chief Deputy Stacey Paulseth.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the scene but were unable to find anyone. However, shortly after 7 a.m. today, the man was found south of the city, dead from a self-inflicted injury. He was found in his vehicle along 140th Street, off of State Highway 59 south of Interstate Highway 94. The sheriff’s office has withheld the name of the man until his family can be notified, but he has been described by the sheriff’s office as a 27-year-old Fergus Falls man.

“Really all I care about is that my employee is safe,” said Big Chief owner Ray Rogers, who was not at the gas station at the time of the robbery. He thanked the sheriff’s office for its quick response to and investigation of the robbery.

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