Bemidji man in custody, suspect still at large in shooting investigation

A Bemidji man is in custody after a shots fired investigation on Ridgeway Avenue, and officers are still looking for a person who fled the scene with a handgun.

According to a release from Chief of Police Mike Mastin, officers and Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 2830 Ridgeway Avenue Monday night on report of numerous gun shots among a group of people outside the apartment complex.

Officers found the west entrance glass doors were shattered and bullet holes in the frame of the doorway.

Twenty-five-year-old Michael Fineday was arrested for multiple offenses, including providing a false name, fleeing on foot, obstructing justice and two outstanding felony warrants for drugs and burglary.

A shotgun was recovered from another person at the scene.

According to the release, six people were engaged in a verbal argument, with the shotgun and a handgun displayed with numerous shots fired.

Another person is believed to have fled the scene prior to officer arrival, still in possession of a handgun and should be considered dangerous.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to come forward.


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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