No officer fired weapons in incident with armed suspect

A 28-year-old Bemidji man is facing charges after firing a gun toward law enforcement in an incident Thursday.

According to the release from Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel, law enforcement used a Taser and did not use their firearms to bring the suspect into custody.

Law enforcement responded to the 17,000 block of Highway 89 on report of a family member acting oddly and armed with a pistol. around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The suspect, 28-year-old Lukas Dudley, was seen walking along the highway as deputies responded.

Dudley allegedly confronted the deputies, pointed the weapon and fired at law enforcement multiple times throughout the half-hour confrontation.

The release says Dudley was a person of interest in an earlier reported forced entry of a house in Wilton, where the burglary of a loaded handgun and ammunition was reported.

Lukas Dudley, 28, Bemidji. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail.

Ultimately, while law enforcement reportedly continued negotiations as more officers arrived, the subject tried to walk back towards their residence, randomly firing, one deputy was able to deploy their Taser, and Dudley was taken into custody without further incident.

Dudley was arraigned on Friday for two felony charges, second degree assault and reckless discharge of a firearm, and the misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process.

Unconditional bail was set at $75,000. Dudley will make his next court appearance on Monday, Oct. 12.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, Bemidji and Red Lake Police Departments and Bemidji ambulance service assisted with the ongoing investigation.


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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