Man found dead inside burning house, other man suffered multiple gunshot wounds

Posted at 6:01 a.m. 

An updated article, detailing one criminal complaint related to this incident, can be found here.

A body was found in a burning house near Wilton early yesterday morning.

According to a release, deputies were called to the 11,000 block of Trengrove Road after midnight on Sunday on report of gunshots and a residential fire.

When deputies arrived, they found the residence fully engulfed in flames and an adult male in an adjacent outbuilding suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The male was transported to the Sanford Bemidji Emergency Department. His condition is currently unknown and his identity is not being released at this time.

After the fire was extinguished, a body was located inside the home. A pending autopsy and formal identification will be conducted by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. The investigation is still ongoing and no further information has yet been released.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Bemidji Fire Department, Bemidji Ambulance Service, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the state patrol and the state fire Marshal’s Office.


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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