UPDATED: Manhunt northeast of Bemidji ends after 13 hours, arrest of 2 men
Two men have been arrested after a nearly 13-hour man hunt northeast of Bemidji.
The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office sent a notice at 1:16 p.m. today that the men wanted after deputies responded to a report of gunfire in downtown Turtle River.
The names have not bee released, but the Sheriff's Office plans to provide more details this afternoon.
Area law enforcement began looking for a 23-year-old Bemidji man, Robert Wayne Parker Jr., and an unnamed second suspect after the gunfire report came in at 11:58 p.m. Monday.
According to the Sheriff's Office:
A short while later, a car sped away from the location and deputies followed the vehicle away from the residence and attempted to make a stop. The vehicle pulled to the side of the road and when deputies got out of their vehicles and began giving commands to the occupants, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued the vehicle from Turtle River, across to Irvine Avenue and north.
The fleeing vehicle hit stop sticks which had been deployed by a state trooper on Irvine Avenue.
The suspects continued northbound on two tires and eventually stopped their vehicle south of Buena Vista Ski area and fled into the woods in a westerly direction.
Deputies reported one of the two suspects who fled on foot appeared to be armed with a pistol. A third suspect was apprehended in the vehicle and arrested. An AK-47 style assault rifle was found by deputies in the car along with two 30-round magazines.
The news release said more deputies, the Headwaters SWAT team, Border Patrol 0fficers and Paul Bunyan Task Force members responded to the scene, sweeping the area in an attempt to locate the suspects.
The search was aided by a Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter using thermal imaging equipment. Officers searched several residences and out-buildings in the area and spoke with several homeowners during the manhunt.
According to dispatch logs, authorities arrested 20-year-old Jessica Ann Johnson in connection with the investigation.
Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (218) 333-9111.