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Motley man arrested in shooting

Randy James Shequen

A 32-year-old Motley man was arrested Wednesday at his Baxter workplace for allegedly shooting another man at his Motley residence almost two weeks ago. 

Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel reported that on Sept. 16 the Motley Police Department received a call from a person who said on Sept. 11 Randy James Shequen of Motley had shot 45-year-old Anthony Raymond Kmetz of Orono after the two men had an argument at Shequen’s Motley home. 

Kmetz was able to escape the residence and returned to the Twin Cities area, where he sought medical help several days later for gunshot wounds, Wetzel said. 

Wetzel said the motive behind the shooting is still being investigated. He also didn’t know why Kmetz didn’t immediately report the shooting.

“All we know right now is an argument occurred and one guy decided to leave and got shot in the process of trying to leave,” Wetzel said. 

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s department, Motley Police Department and Little Falls Police Department executed a search warrant at Shequen’s Motley residence, where evidence of a shooting was found. 

At the request of the sheriff’s department, the Baxter Police Department, with assistance from the Brainerd Police Department, was asked to arrest Shequen at his place of employment on Hastings Road in Baxter. 

Baxter Police Investigator David Timm said Shequen’s arrest was routine and without incident on probable cause of felony first-degree assault. Baxter Police transferred Shequen to a Morrison County Sheriff’s deputy and Shequen is currently being held in the Morrison County Jail pending formal criminal charges.

At the jail Shequen admitted to firing multiple shots at Kmetz while Kmetz was trying to leave the residence, Wetzel said. Wetzel added he did not know on which part of the body Kmetz was shot.

The case has been turned over to the Morrison County Attorney's Office for formal charges. Though Shequen is being held for felony first-degree assault, Wetzel said more serious criminal charges are possible.

MATT ERICKSON may be reached at or 855-5857.