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Suspect identified in standoff; died of gunshot wound

Sgt. Jason Riggs of the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office briefs the Headwaters SWAT team members Wednesday evening at the site of an armed standoff in Liberty Township. (Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer)

ST. PAUL — The Ramsey County Medical Examiner today identified the man who died late Wednesday following a standoff with law enforcement at house north and west of Bemidji.

Miquell David Deppa, 34, of 9203 Spencer Road in Liberty Township, died of blood loss due to a gunshot wound, according to a release from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is overseeing the investigation.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call Wednesday afternoon from the home reporting that Deppa was under mental duress, was armed with a loaded rifle and was making threats about killing himself or law enforcement, according to the release.

According to the preliminary investigation, deputies responding to the home heard gunshots and witnessed Deppa run into the residence armed with a rifle. Two females who were inside the home fled to safety, then a standoff ensued during which Deppa threatened to shoot the officers and fired several shots from the residence toward officers, the release states. Deppa emerged from the residence around 8:15 p.m. armed with a rifle. A Beltrami County SWAT Team sniper fired one round, injuring Deppa, who then crawled back into the residence. Several minutes later, Deppa broke out a window and emerged from the home. Officers took him into custody and he was was taken by AirMed helicopter to Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, N.D., where he was pronounced dead. No officers were injured during the incident.

Headwaters SWAT Team member and Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Roberts was the only officer to fire his weapon. He is on standard administrative leave.

The BCA is investigating the shooting with assistance from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings to the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office for review. Other responding agencies include the Minnesota State Patrol, the DNR, the US Border Patrol, Headwaters SWAT Team, Bemidji Police Department, Paul Bunyan Task Force and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department.

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