BENSON (AP) -- A State Patrol trooper was talking and in stable condition Sunday night after being shot in the neck while driving in Swift County.
Trooper Charles Backes was off duty and driving his personal car on Minnesota Highway 9, just north of Benson, when the bullet entered the driver's side and lodged in his neck, State Patrol spokesman Kevin Smith said.
His fiancee, who also was in the car, was not struck. Backes was able to pull the car over and was eventually flown to a Fargo hospital, where doctors said the bullet missed his artery and windpipe.
"He's a lucky guy," Smith said.
It was not immediately known where the bullet came from. Authorities were trying to locate hunters who were in the area at the time of the 4 p.m. shooting, he said.
Backes has been with the Patrol since 1996 and is stationed in Detroit Lakes. He was driving from Litchfield to Moorhead when he was shot.
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