Gunshot death of Minnesota police officer on Indian reservation triggers FBI investigation: report
A tribal police officer was fatally shot while on duty on a Minnesota Indian reservation on Tuesday morning – prompting an FBI investigation, according to a report.
The victim was identified as Officer Ryan Bialke, 37, of the Red Lake Police Department, Minneapolis FOX 9 reported.
According to the station, Red Lake police responded to the Red Lake Indian Reservation on a report of a potentially suicidal man at a residence.
When police arrived, a suspect shot them, hitting Bialke, according to the report. The officer later died in a hospital, the Bemidji Pioneer newspaper reported.
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was ultimately taken into custody, according to FOX 9.
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He had fled into a wooded area after shooting the officer, authorities told the Pioneer.
Further details on the suspected actions of the suspect or his possible motivation were not immediately available.
The suspect is expected to face federal charges in the coming days in connection with the officer’s death, WCCO-TV of Minneapolis reported.
Bialke was a six-year veteran of the department and leaves behind a wife and four children, the newspaper reported.
All non-essential tribal activities on the reserve were halted on Tuesday in response to the officer’s death, the station reported, and tribal offices and businesses were urged to lower the flags at half mast.
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“It is with a heavy heart to report that the Red Lake Nation lost a police officer this morning,” the Red Lake Tribal Council wrote in a statement, according to FOX 9.
The Red Lake Reservation is located in northern Minnesota, approximately 275 miles north of the Twin Cities region.
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