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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
November 30, 2018
Bemidji Officer Involved Shooting Update

​The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer and deputy who discharged their firearms during an officer involved shooting incident on Thursday, Nov. 19, in Bemidji. Both are on standard administrative leave.

  • Officer Bidal Duran has been with the Bemidji Police Department for nearly six years.
  • Deputy Brandon Newhouse has been with the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office for two years.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the individual who was shot by law enforcement as Vernon Andrew John May, 34, of Red Lake. May died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The Bemidji Police Department issued a news release about the incident yesterday.
The BCA is conducting the investigation at the request of the Bemidji Police Department. When complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office for review.


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