EMILY - Law enforcement officers are investigating the shooting death of a man Wednesday afternoon at a residence on Little Bass Lake Road south of Emily.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported that officers were called to the residence, off Crow Wing County Road 36 in Fairfield Township in northeast Crow Wing County, at 1:56 p.m. after 911 received a report of a shooting.
Upon arrival, officers found one man dead, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said, and another man was arrested at the scene without incident. Dahl said it appeared the shooting took place outside the residence.
Crow Wing County Sheriff's Capt. Neal Gaalswyk (left) and Sheriff Todd Dahl discussed the shooting death of a man Wednesday at a residence south of Emily. Another man was arrested for the shooting and Dahl said the case is being investigated as a homicide. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
"We're investigating it as a homicide," Dahl said.
The sheriff's department did not release the names of the victim or suspect Wednesday. Sheriff's Capt. Neal Gaalswyk said the two men knew each other and that there was no further danger to the public. Dahl said investigators were trying to determine a motive for the shooting.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting the sheriff's department in processing the crime scene. Gaalswyk said the BCA and sheriff's investigators would remain at the residence into Wednesday night.
The shooting took place at the only residence located on Little Bass Lake Road, a tree-lined dirt road that winds a short way onto property owned by Darrell and Lynette Buesgens, according to the Crow Wing County land atlas and plat book.
Family members embraced Wednesday afternoon outside a residence on Little Bass Lake Road south of Emily following the shooting death of a man at the residence. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
Responding along with sheriff's deputies to the residence were officers from Crosby, Crosslake, the DNR and the State Patrol.
Officers cordoned off access to Little Bass Lake Road at its intersection with County Road 36, as well as at the driveway leading to the residence. Several family members stood at the police tape, located where Little Bass Lake Road meets the county road, waiting for answers from officers and attempting to contact other family members. They declined to be identified or to comment on the shooting.
Crow Wing County Sheriff's deputies and a DNR officer talked Wednesday with a family member of a man shot and killed at a residence off Crow Wing County Road 36 south of Emily. Officers had blocked the road leading to the residence. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
Officers interviewed several of the family members. Dahl said only one arrest was anticipated in the shooting.
Further information on the shooting was unavailable Wednesday night.
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