Shooting victim from McDonald Lake area

Published 11:16am Thursday, April 11, 2013

A woman is dead and a man injured following an incident in downtown Detroit Lakes Wednesday afternoon.

Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten said officers responded to a request to check on the welfare of a person in the 900 block of Washington Avenue just before 3 p.m., according to a report in the Fargo Forum.

They found a 69-year-old woman dead and a 56-year-old man injured. The man was taken by ambulance to the Detroit Lakes hospital. His condition was not released.

Names were not released Wednesday, pending notification of the victim’s kin.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s dispatch also received a third-party call at 2:36 p.m. reporting a homicide, according to Lt. Matt McGuire. Deputies responded to an address near the intersection of County Hwy. 35 and County Hwy. 85, between Vergas and Dent. At the time of the call, the location of the homicide was unclear, McGuire said. The county address deputies responded to was the female victim’s residence, McGuire said.

Deputies blocked traffic in the area of Hwy. 35 and Hwy. 85 for about an hour Wednesday afternoon due to the situation. Eventually, they received information from Detroit Lakes that they had located the victim.

The county’s SWAT team and a negotiator were also on scene at the Otter Tail County address, according to McGuire.

Becker County deputies helped city police officers cordon off the 900 block of Washington Avenue for about an hour, until emergency responders could secure the scene.

Police say the public is not in danger.

“We’re not looking for any suspects at this time,” Eggebraaten said. “There is no immediate threat.”

Police said the relationship between the man and woman was unclear.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation.




  • minnesota

    These stories should have been printed separately. It was confusing to read. Was there a homicide in Vergas or not? Is this the victim from the McDonald lake area or was the dl victim from the area?

  • minnesota

    Ok, I read it a few times and I got it now. ;)

Editor's Picks

Library artwork available to check out

11 new pieces added to art collection Books aren’t the only items visitors can check out from the library. The Fergus Falls Public Library offers ... Read more

19-year-old St. Paul homicide evokes memories, hopes for clues

ST. PAUL — A little dry cleaner has been on a busy St. Paul street for decades. Some pass by without noticing the set-back building. ... Read more

Third farm in county hit with bird flu

A commercial turkey farm with 36,400 birds was hit with the avian influenza this week in Otter Tail County. It is the third outbreak in ... Read more