Man arrested after shooting in Midway Township

A Wrenshall man was treated for injuries and an Esko man was taken into custody after a three-day investigation.

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DULUTH — One man was jailed this week after a shooting victim was found limping along Interstate 35 in Midway Township.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said a 39-year-old Wrenshall man was brought to a Duluth hospital after he was found walking near Midway Road shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday. He was treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to both legs and released.

The sheriff's office said the man has been uncooperative with the investigation, but authorities believe he was familiar with the suspect, a 29-year-old Esko man, who is being held on preliminary charges of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault.

Authorities said the investigation revealed that the shooting occurred at the intersection of Ormsby Road and Thompson Hill Road, where six .45-caliber shell casings and one unspent .45-caliber bullet were located.

Two persons of interest were developed in the following hours, the sheriff's office reported, but there was initially no probable cause to make any arrests. An abandoned vehicle was found Monday near the Spirit Mountain Campground, where investigators say the people were picked up by a third party in the aftermath of the shooting.


Additional searching in the campground area turned up a .45-caliber handgun on Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office, and a search warrant was executed at a Carlton County residence.

"At this time the Sheriff's Office does not believe there are any outstanding suspects involved in the incident and there is no ongoing threat to the public," Sgt. Eric Sathers said in a Wednesday news release. "The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the many agencies and members of the public who assisted during this extensive three-day investigation."

The News Tribune generally does not identify suspects until they have been formally charged. While only the Esko man was jailed, authorities said additional charges could still be brought against others.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the Proctor, Duluth and Eveleth police departments; Carlton County Sheriff's Office; Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force; St. Louis County Rescue Squad and Mayo Ambulance.

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