A lone gunman was fatally injured in a shooting Tuesday morning in the Morrison County Board room of the county's government center, authorities said.
At 10:22 a.m., the Morrison County Sheriff's Department received a call that a gunman was holding about 10 hostages during a county board meeting.
Gordon Wheeler Sr.
The suspect was identified as Gordon Kenneth Wheeler Sr., 60, of Little Falls, whose adult-use businesses near Camp Ripley and west of Little Falls were closed by Morrison County Board action earlier this decade.
A family member of Gordon Wheeler Sr. (left) stood outside the Morrison County Courthouse Tuesday. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Officers who fired their weapons were State Patrol Trooper Kai Meinhardt, Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel and Morrison County Sheriff's Lt. Bruce Motes, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported.
Wheeler later died at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
A Ramsey County medical examiner's office spokesman said Wheeler's body was being transported to the St. Paul office for an autopsy.
Responding officers from the sheriff's office, Little Falls Police Department, State Patrol and DNR immediately secured the scene and evacuated civilians and county workers.
Responding officers from the sheriff's office, Little Falls Police Department, State Patrol and DNR immediately secured the scene and evacuated civilians and county workers. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
The courthouse complex was closed and will remain closed the remainder of the day.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was appointed by Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel to conduct the entire investigation due to the involvement in the incident by county personnel.
Multiple gunshots were fired during the course of the hostage situation. No one else was injured in the shooting, the BCA reported.
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