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UPDATE: Cass Lake man in custody in connection to woman's death

A 24-year-old Cass Lake man may face a murder charge after authorities found a woman Sunday morning with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Brandon Joseph Roy was apprehended in connection with the death of a 25-year-old Cass Lake woman and is in...

Brandon Joseph Roy
Brandon Joseph Roy

A 24-year-old Cass Lake man may face a murder charge after authorities found a woman Sunday morning with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Brandon Joseph Roy was apprehended in connection with the death of a 25-year-old Cass Lake woman and is in custody in Cass County Jail in Walker pending formal charges, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office received a report of a shooting at 8:17 a.m. Sunday at a residence in the Cass Lake area. When Cass County deputies arrived to the residence, they located the woman who had a gunshot wound to the head inside the residence. Life-saving efforts were performed, but the victim died at the scene.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Burch said the victim and the suspect are known to each other, but he could not comment on what the motive is for the shooting. It is not known what type of gun was used.

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The woman had no other trauma to her person, just the fatal gunshot wound, Burch said.

Burch said the shooting remains under investigation with an autopsy pending. He said the sheriff's office will continue to look into any other possible suspects and witnesses who may have been involved with the shooting.

"The community is not in any danger," Burch said. "This was an isolated incident."

Cass County was assisted at the scene by Leech Lake Ambulance Service, Leech Lake Tribal Police, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

According to the Cass County Jail's in-custody list, Roy was booked for first-degree murder with intent while committing a felony and aggravated robbery with a firearm.

According to court records, Roy has been convicted of several felonies in Beltrami and Cass counties beginning in June of 2011, with the most recent one on March of 2016. Roy was convicted of fifth-degree drug possession, escaping from custody, making terroristic threats, fleeing a peace officer, giving a false name to a peace officer and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

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