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Fifty Lakes man suffers self-inflicted gunshot wound

Web posted April 29, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department reports that a Fifty Lakes man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound as he searched his house, believing there was a prowler inside.

At 5:17 p.m. on Friday, April 18, the department received a call of a prowler at a residence in Fifty Lakes, the caller indicating that there may be an intruder in the basement.

While officers were responding to the residence, additional information was received that the man, 61-year-old James Brustad, had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Responding officers made entry into the house and found Brustad with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Brustad was treated on the scene and then taken by air ambulance to Saint Cloud Hospital. Officers said they couldn’t find any evidence of a prowler at the house.

“He thought a prowler was in the house, and he was in the process of looking through his house and that’s when he suffered the self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Lieutenant Scott Goddard, of the sheriff’s department, said by phone.

He and the department had no information on Brustad’s medical condition.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by the Breezy Point Police Department, Crosslake Police Department and North Ambulance Service.

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