Two arrested after fatal Christmas Day shooting

Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel says two were arrested after a shooting on the northeast side of Lake Bemidji on Christmas Day.

Janelle Johnson, 36. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail.

According to a release, 36-year-old Janelle Johnson made the emergency call just after midnight on Dec. 26, and informed dispatch that she and her husband, 36-year-old Austin Johnson, went to their brother-in-law’s home on the 5,000 block of Lavinia Rd. NE, to confront him over some alleged domestic abuse incidents between he and Ms. Johnson’s sister.

A verbal argument reportedly ensued, then it became a physical altercation, before ultimately Ms. Johnson brandished a gun and shot 48-year-old Jesse Farris.

Law enforcement found Farris’ body outside the residence.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office says the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

Janelle Johnson is being held at the Beltrami County Jail for second degree murder, and Austin

Austin Johnson, 36. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail.

Johnson is being held for aiding an offender.

Arraignment is expected Tuesday.




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