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    Former Minnesota Police Chief, Jay C. Nelson (53) Was Shot By An Unknown Person In A Suspected Hunting Incident

    http://www.startribune.com/longtime-...ota/500312321/


    Longtime law officer found shot dead in northwest Minnesota; hunting accident suspected
    NOVEMBER 12, 2018 ? 9:12PM




    Jay Nelson

    A longtime law enforcement officer in northwestern Minnesota was found shot to death over the weekend in what authorities are calling a hunting-related fatality.

    Jay C. Nelson, 53, of Cormorant Township, was located by emergency responders early Saturday evening in a vehicle on a logging trail roughly 20 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Office.

    The Sheriff's Office said in a statement that its investigators believe this "appears to be a hunting-related accident" and are asking for the public's help in identifying anyone who may have been hunting in that area or heard gunshots.

    Nelson was located a half-mile east of Yellowhead Trail and roughly a half-mile west of Little Flat Lake in West Sugar Bush Township.

    Investigators can be reached at 1-218-847-2661.

    Sheriff Todd Glander said Nelson had just finished hunting when he was shot. The wound was not self-inflicted.

    Nelson began his career in the mid-1980s working as a part-time deputy for Becker County Sheriff's Office and as a Pelican Rapids police officer. He then worked for various law enforcement agencies in North Dakota before joining the Lake Park, Minn., Police Department and being its chief.

    He left Lake Park and was a sheriff's deputy in Becker County from 1999 to 2006, then returned to the chief's post in Lake Park until he retired in 2015.

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    http://www.dl-online.com/news/accide...t-stray-bullet

    The community was shocked Saturday when news came in that former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson was killed by a stray bullet in a hunting-related accident near Little Flat Lake.


    "Jay was a deputy with the sheriff's department for many years," said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. "He gave a lot of his time to the residents of Becker County. He was well-liked, and he had the respect of people in the community as well as the respect of his fellow officers."

    Nelson began his career in law enforcement as a part-time deputy at the Becker County Sheriff's Office in the mid-80's, according to a release the department put out on Facebook. He also worked as an officer at the Pelican Rapids Police Department.


    Nelson moved to North Dakota for a time and worked at various law enforcement agencies there, but Lake Park Mayor Keith Zachariason says he moved back in 1992 and took a position as chief of police in Lake Park to be closer to family.

    "His wife is from Lake Park. He is from Detroit Lakes. He had a lot of relatives in Lake Park," said Zachariason, adding that Nelson was very community-oriented and personable.

    Hundreds reached out on social media, "heartbroken to hear" about Nelson's passing.

    "He was a great guy!" wrote Detroit Lakes resident Anthony Crow. "(He) could have locked me up many times when I was a kid. Instead, a ride home to mom and a good butt-chewing."

    Zachariason says he had that kind way about him. He "was a fairly easy-going law enforcement person," but he also knew how to handle himself in a crisis, a good officer by all counts.


    Nelson hopped around a bit, serving as the chief of police in Lake Park, then returning to the sheriff's office as a deputy. He ended his career back in Lake Park where he retired from serving as chief of police in 2015. After his retirement, he worked for the Rolling R Bison Ranch in Cormorant. Nelson also was very active in the community, volunteering with the Lake Park Fire Department and serving nearly a year on the city council.

    Glander says the sheriff's department is still working diligently on the investigation into Nelson's death, which is believed to be a hunting-related accident.

    A provisional autopsy indicated that Nelson died as a result of a gunshot wound. A stray bullet struck his vehicle while he was driving on a logging trail approximately one-half mile east of Yellowhead Trail and one-half mile west of Little Flat Lake in West Sugar Bush Township. Dispatch received the call just after 6 p.m. on Nov. 10.


    The Becker County Sheriff's Office is looking for information that may help identify individuals or witnesses to the incident. They are asking for the public's assistance in identifying anyone who may have been hunting in that area on Saturday. The department is also looking for information on any vehicles or persons who may have been in that area or who may have heard gunshots in that area that day.

    If anyone has information related to this event, they are being asked to contact the Becker County Sheriff's Office immediately at 218-847-2661.

    "We're not going to stop until we find some answers," said Glander

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    https://www.perhamfocus.com/news/cri...f-says-he-shot

    A 54-year-old man from rural Ogema has been arrested and charged in relation to the Nov. 10 shooting that killed former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson. Morris Silas Dodd Jr. faces one count of second-degree manslaughter and a second count of felony possession of a firearm.

    According to the complaint filed by the Becker County Attorney, a call came in reporting a death in rural Becker County that Saturday just after 6 p.m. Officers arrived at the location on a logging trail near Little Flat Lake where they found Nelson deceased in his vehicle. Nelson was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Center for an autopsy where it was determined that he had suffered a single gunshot wound through his upper back-shoulder area. His cause of death was classified as a homicide.

    During the investigation into Nelson’s death, officers discovered a spent shell casing, a cigarette butt, and footprints several hundred yards from where Nelson was found. A known male was interviewed and recalled seeing an older male with a long beard hunting in the area at the time Nelson was shot. The older male was later identified as Morris Silas Dodd Jr.

    On a later date, Dodd was interviewed and admitted to hunting in the area on Nov. 10. He stated he was hunting with a Remington Model 700 .30-06 rifle. Dodd stated that some time that morning he fired a shot in the area of a fawn, hoping to “spook it.” He indicated that he was not purposefully trying to hit the fawn but just firing a shot in the general area to scare it. He denied seeing a vehicle or purposefully shooting at any vehicle or victim.

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