Five more arrested when warrants executed related to Sunday shooting in Litchfield

Those arrested were booked into the Meeker County Jail following formal charges.

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LITCHFIELD — Multiple people were arrested Tuesday after a search warrant was served at a residence related to a Sunday shooting that has left a 34-year-old rural Litchfield man in critical but stable condition, according to Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.

According to a news release from Cruze, an 18-year-old woman from rural Litchfield and a 45-year-old woman from rural Grove City were arrested Tuesday for their alleged involvement in the shooting.

The shooting was reported late Sunday night after the victim was brought to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield. He was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The investigation announced Monday said the shooting occurred in the 23900 block of Minnesota Highway 22 in Litchfield Township.

Two men were arrested initially: an 18-year-old from rural Grove City and an 18-year-old from rural Litchfield.


Cruze said in the news release Tuesday that detectives believe the shooting was drug-related.

Meeker County sheriff's deputies, along with agents from the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force, executed a follow-up search warrant on the 24200 block of 548th Avenue in rural Grove City in Acton Township. The firearm believed used in the shooting was recovered.

A 20-year-old rural Grove City man, a 45-year-old rural Litchfield man and a 48-year-old Minneapolis man were arrested for controlled substance violations after law enforcement executed a subsequent search warrant for drugs at the residence. Methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy were located, along with drug paraphernalia.

All those arrested Tuesday, as well as the two men arrested early Monday, were booked into the Meeker County Jail pending formal charges regarding the ongoing investigation.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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