A Fergus Fall, Minn., man could be charged with murder after law enforcement found another man dead early Sunday morning, June 2, on a curbside in Fosston.
At 3:44 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported assault at Eighth Street Northwest and North Mark Avenue, where they found a man who was not breathing lying partly on the curb, according to a news release. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has no information that there is a continued threat to the public,” the release said. “There is no information that a firearm was involved in this incident.”
Nicholas Patrick Hauge, 28, was standing nearby, and officers took him into custody, the release said. The Sheriff’s Office declined to say why he was arrested, but the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston confirmed he was booked there on suspicion of second-degree murder with intent but not premeditated.
Officers did not release the name of the deceased man. His body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Grand Forks.
The Polk County Attorney's Office will decide what charges Hauge will face. Formal charges could be filed this week.
If Hauge is charged with second-degree murder, he could face up to 40 years in prison, according to Minnesota law. It appears this would be the first serious offense Hauge has faced - a search of North Dakota and Minnesota court records turned up only traffic violations for the Fergus Falls man.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting with the investigation, which is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office said it would not release any more information at this time.
Authorities released few details on what led up to the man's death or if Hauge knew the decedent.
Dispatch also received a report of someone trying to break into a house near the intersection before officers arrived at the scene, the release said.