Name released in Officer involved Shooting in Bemidji

Name released in Officer involved Shooting in Bemidji Click to Enlarge

BEMIDJI, MN--Officials in Bemidji released the name of the victim killed Wednesday during an officer involved shooting.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 34 year old Vernon May of Red Lake, was shot by local law enforcement during a traffic stop Wednesday night near the intersection of Ridgeway Avenue Northwest and 30th Street. According to the Bemidji Police Chief, May, who was in the back seat, had a felony-level warrant.

A Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy also arrived on scene, and the two officials asked May to get out of the vehicle. They saw May had a handgun, and the officer began to struggle with May for control of the firearm. Sometime thereafter, both the deputy and the officer fired their weapons at May, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.

In addition to May’s identity, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Friday also identified the Bemidji Police officer involved in the shooting as Bidal Duran and the Beltrami County deputy as Brandon Newhouse. Duran has been with the department nearly six years, and Newhouse has been with the sheriff’s office for two years.

Both law enforcement officers were subsequently placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-related shootings.

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