Ex-worker shot dead in altercation

Published 10:21 am Monday, June 15, 2015

BEMIDJI — Authorities said the man shot dead at a northern Minnesota restaurant used to work there and was killed in a fight.

The Beltrami County sheriff’s office was called at 10 a.m. Saturday to Mi Rancho, a restaurant on the north side of Bemidji. Witnesses said the restaurant was not open yet for business, but several employees were there preparing for the lunch crowd.

Authorities said a former employee forced his way through the back door of the business and started an altercation with several employees. The altercation ended with the former employee being shot to death.

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Police took the suspect into custody. The victim’s name will not be released until authorities contact relatives who live in Mexico.

A decision on whether to charge the suspect has not been made yet.