Bayport man charged in drive by shooting from almost a year ago

A Bayport man has been charged for a drive by shooting incident from almost a year ago.

According to the criminal complaint, 24-year-old Devon Wayne Solis is accused of shooting at a vehicle near the 300 block of 9th St. NW in Bemidji, within one block of Central Elementary School, on March 18, 2019.

No one was physically injured, according to previous reports and the criminal complaint.

Solis was charged early this month, according to court documents.

Solis was involved with a traffic stop days after the alleged shooting took place, where a Glock .40 caliber handgun was located and seized, because Solis was ineligible to possess a firearm.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension laboratory conducted an analysis, where they matched DNA found on the Glock to Solis, and matched the bullets from the scene to the handgun.

One of the alleged victims stated Solis fired the shots, and were able to recognize him from his facial tattoos.

Unconditional bail was set at $150,000, and he attended a court hearing yesterday, with the next one scheduled in February.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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