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Fatal shooting in Progress Township, suspect in custody

 

April 26, 2018



After a shooting incident in Progress Township of Carlton County on Friday, April 20, a 57-year-old male is dead. James Francis Montano, 32, of Bayfield, Wisc. has been arrested and is in custody at Carlton County Jail. He is facing charges of murder in the second degree, attempted murder-first degree-premeditated and assault in the second degree. Bail was set at $500,000.

According to press releases from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, a call was received at 11:36 p.m. from Michael Montano, who resides in Progress Township, of a shooting outside his home. Montano reported that his son, James Montano, shot Michael’s brother, Andrew Gokee of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. Law enforcement responded to the call, including the Fond Du Lac Tribal Police Department, Carlton County Deputies, ambulances from the Cromwell Fire Department and Cloquet Area Fire District.

When they arrived, they identified Gokee with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Sheriff Kelly Lake released information on Monday, April 23, that Gokee later died as a result of this injury.

At the scene of the incident, a second male victim was located with a “superficial gunshot injury.” He was treated by EMS and denied transport to a hospital.

Meanwhile, James Montano had fled the scene. The press release states, "Assistance was requested and received from the Cloquet Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol Troopers and Air Wing Unit, Fond Du Lac Conservation, Duluth Police Department K9 Unit and the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office Tactical Response Team." After an air search conducted by Minnesota State Patrol Air Wing Unit, James Montano was located in a wooded area west of the residence. He was taken into custody. Montano had a gunshot wound to his chest. It is not known how he sustained this gunshot wound.

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office initially sent out a press release Saturday, April 21. It stated there are no more suspects believed to be involved and the public is not in danger. On April 23, a release stated Montano is “expected to appear in Carlton County District Court,” though a date and time have not been set.

The second degree murder charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, while the first degree attempted murder charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. The assault charge carries a maximum penalty of no more than seven years in prison, but also a minimum of no less than a year and a day, and/or a $14,000 fine.

Editor's note: This story has been updated from the print version to reflect the most recent information from the Carlton County Sheriff's Office.

 

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