Warroad man broke into home, shot woman because he couldn't see their kids, court docs say

The woman had a protection order against Phoutthasa Prathane, according to court documents. The children they shared were playing in the basement, which was below where the shooting happened, prosecutors alleged.

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Phoutthasa Prathane
Otter Tail County Jail photo
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PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — A Warroad man broke into a Pelican Rapids home and shot a woman because he couldn't see children that they had together, court documents alleged.

Phoutthasa Prathane, 36, appeared Wednesday, April 13, in Otter Tail County District Court on felony charges of attempted murder, burglary and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime in juvenile court. Judge Kevin Miller set the man’s bond at $5 million.

The charges stem from a Sunday afternoon shooting at 113 11th St. SE. The home belonged to the mother of the woman who was shot, according to court documents.

Prathane and the woman he allegedly shot had been together for 10 years and had six children together, a criminal complaint said. Taking her children, she left him in October and moved in with her mother when he, according to court documents, became abusive.

The woman, who was identified only by her initials in court documents, had a protection order out against Prathane.


She ran into her mother’s house and closed the garage door when she saw Prathane’s pickup drive up the street, but Prathane pushed his way through and got into the house, a criminal complaint said. He yelled, “Where are my kids,” before assaulting the woman, the complaint alleged.

The woman’s mother tried to shield her from Prathane, but he threw the mother into a stack of water bottles, the complaint said. He fired a gun several times, according to the complaint.

Detectives said in the complaint the woman was hit three times, including in her stomach. A bullet was found in the kitchen floor above where the children were playing in the basement during the shooting, the complaint said.

The woman was taken to a hospital and possibly needed surgery. Her condition was unknown Wednesday, but law enforcement said she was stable as of Monday.

Prathane was arrested Tuesday in Redwood County in southwest Minnesota after a high-speed chase, investigators said. No one was injured in the pursuit.

He told investigators he shot the woman because he couldn’t see his children, according to the complaint. He also disclosed plans to “take out” the woman’s father, the complaint alleged.

“He explained that if he could not see his children, then he (the woman’s father) should not get to see his children,” the complaint said.

Prathane has a criminal history that includes harassment and robbery in Iowa, as well as two violations of no-contact orders connected to domestic abuse cases.


He is being held at the Otter Tail County Jail. His attorney, Schan Sorkness, did not return a message left by The Forum.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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