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Sheriff: Man arrested after drive-by shooting, victims were witnesses in drunken driving case

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region Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

A 37-year-old Bemidji man and his parents were arrested following an early Saturday morning drive-by shooting which investigators believe was in retaliation for testimony in an upcoming drunken driving trial.

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Edward Michael Halvorson was arrested for firing at least two rounds from a high-powered rifle into a home in the 3100 block of Mill Street Northeast, a Beltrami County Sheriff's Office news release said.

Halvorson is being held in the Beltrami County Jail on suspicion of felony drive-by shooting, witness tampering and transferring a weapon to a person ineligible to possess a firearm.

His father, 71-year-old Darwyn Michael Halvorson, was arrested for aiding an offender after the fact and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Halvorson's mother, 63-year-old Gretchen Catherine Swenson, also was arrested for aiding an offender.

According to Sheriff Phil Hodapp, deputies responded to a call about shots fired into a home at 4:09 a.m. Saturday.

A release issued Tuesday by Hodapp said the investigation revealed the shots had come from a vehicle on the roadway, which was seen leaving the area by a witness. Investigators recovered two slugs from the residence, one which had struck a mattress in a bedroom within the home.

None of the occupants in the residence were struck by the gunfire.

The news release said deputies determined the victims were witnesses in a Bemidji police investigation in which Halvorson crashed a vehicle in the Green Mill parking lot last June.

Halvorson, who was arrested for drunken driving as a result of the crash, recently learned the victims would testify against him at an upcoming trial.

The news release said Halvorson and his parents were arrested late Monday.

Hodapp said investigative reports will be forwarded to Beltrami County prosecutors to consider charges.

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