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Four men charged after shooting outside Bemidji-area gas station

Deavion Beasley1 / 4
Andy Tillotson2 / 4
Andre Beasley3 / 4
Kevin Robertson4 / 4

BEMIDJI, Minn.—Four men were charged Monday for their alleged roles in an incident involving gunshots outside of a gas station Thursday, Oct. 5, just west of Bemidji.

Andy Tillotson, 35, Kevin Robertson, 31, Deavion Ladell Beasley, 24, and Andre Lamar Beasley, 46, all of Bemidji, were arrested Thursday after Beltrami County deputies received a 911 call reporting gunshots at Pete's Place West.

According to criminal complaints:

Tillotson and Robertson arrived at Pete's Place in a white SUV shortly before the altercation. Tillotson put a bandana over his face, left the vehicle holding a pry bar and hid near the SUV.

After Tillotson hid, Andre and Deavion Beasley—who are father and son—arrived at the gas station in a silver Mercedes. Robertson got out of the white SUV and confronted the Beasleys. While Robertson was speaking with the two men, Tillotson ran up and began swinging the pry bar at Deavion Beasley, who reached into the Mercedes, took out a pistol and fired.

The Beasleys then drove away, while Robertson and Tillotson went into the gas station, before leaving. A news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said that a witness followed one of the cars for a short distance and helped officers locate it. Tillotson and Robertson were then arrested.

Deputies also searched Andre Beasley's house at the 9700 block of Ironwood Lane and found two pistols and what Judge Paul Benshoof described as a "significant" amount of cash in a locked safe.

Though Andre Beasley's pistols weren't involved in the shooting, he was charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Deavion Beasley was charged with possession of a firearm after a domestic violence conviction, a gross misdemeanor. Benshoof, who had signed warrants connected with the case, asked a Beltrami County prosecutor why there were no other charges against Deavion Beasley, and said the circumstances surrounding the incident signified greater public safety concerns than the gross misdemeanor charge against Beasley indicated.

Tillotson was charged with second-degree assault, Robertson was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree assault.

Deavion Beasley is scheduled to appear in court Friday, Oct. 13, Robertson and Tillotson are scheduled to appear in court Monday, Oct. 16, and Andre Beasley's next court date was not immediately available.

Grace Pastoor

Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or gpastoor@bemidjipioneer.com

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