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Double homicide reported in Mahnomen County

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Two people were shot and killed in a rural Mahnomen County residence early Friday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said at about 2:30 a.m. Friday, Morrison County Sheriff's deputies informed his office that they received a tip about a possible double homicide and a vehicle theft in Mahnomen County.

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Morrison County deputies located the stolen pick-up in the Pierz area, while Mahnomen County officers ran the plates of the vehicle, according to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel.

Mahnomen County deputies along with the White Earth Tribal Police then responded to the residence of the registered owner of the truck, about 8 miles east of Mahnomen on County Road 3.

"When they got to the residence, they discovered two bodies in the residence. They had died from apparent gun shots," Krier said.

The suspect who was driving the vehicle is a Mahnomen County resident. He was stopped on Highway 25 in the Pierz area, Wetzel reported.

He was arrested and is now being held in Benton County Jail pending further investigation. No other suspects are being sought at this time.

Krier said there is no apparent motive for the killing.

"Don't know. Have no clue why it even happened," he added.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called in to assist with the investigation and their Crime Scene Team along with their Mobile Crime Lab remains on the scene as of Friday morning.

Law enforcement officials are not releasing names of the victims at this time pending notification of the family.

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