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Routine Traffic Stop on Highway 61 Ends in Witnessed Suicide

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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  -  June 11, 2018  (LSN) At approximately 9:15 am, a Cook County Sheriff’s Office Deputy attempted to pull a vehicle over for a speed violation east of Schroeder Minnesota around the Temperance River area. The vehicle pulled onto the shoulder and slowed. The vehicle continued to drive forward at a very low rate of speed. At approximately 9:17 am, as the vehicle was coming to a stop, the driver displayed a handgun and turned the weapon on himself. As the Deputy was coming to a stop, he witnessed the driver’s side window of the dark green Jeep shatter and the driver slump over in the vehicle. On approach of the vehicle, the 43-year-old male driver from Winsted, Minnesota, was found deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.


“Today was a tragic day for all involved,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen.


Inside the vehicle, a quickly-written, brief note with contact information for family members was and an apology to the police was found. The deceased’s family has been notified.

It is unknown why the deceased was in Cook County, but is believed to have been camping out of his vehicle for last several days in the area.


An autopsy will be conducted by the Anoka County Medical Examiner. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office received assistance on scene from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota State Patrol and the US Border Patrol.     


No further information is available at this time.



About Cook County Minnesota

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Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land it borders Ontario, Canada to the north, and Lake County, MN to the west.  The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet and the highest lake,  Total Area equals 3,339.72 sq miles

Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
Grand Portage National Monument
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Cook County include:
 Grand Marais     Lutsen Mountains
 Gunflint Trail      Superior Hiking Trail
 Grand Portage 

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