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Man murdered in Cloquet, suspect in custody

Cloquet police have a suspect in custody after a shooting this morning that left one man dead.

According to a Cloquet Police Department press release, officers responded at 8:52 a.m. today, Dec. 23, to a report of a shooting in the 1700 block of Wolf Ridge Road in the city of Cloquet, on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Officers and medical personnel arrived shortly thereafter and located one male victim inside the house with gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by Cloquet Area Fire District ambulance to a Duluth hospital where he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

A short time later, a male suspect was located and taken into custody near the crime scene. The 33-year-old male suspect is currently being held at the Carlton County Jail where he is awaiting formal charges. At this time, the Cloquet Police Department does not believe this was a random act, nor do police believe the public is at any risk.

The Fond du Lac Police Department, Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted the Cloquet Police Department. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been notified to assist with the investigation and processing of the scene. There is no more information available at this time. Look for a more complete story in the Pine Journal next week.