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St. Cloud shooting suspect apprehended Friday after standoff in western Minnesota

U.S. Marshals Service officers and local law enforcement on Friday night in Dawson, Minnesota, arrested a suspect in a quadruple shooting in St. Cloud. Two other men charged in the same incident had been apprehended earlier.

Daquan Christopher Ledbetter custody photo
Daquan Christopher Ledbetter
Contributed / Chippewa County Jail
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DAWSON — A suspect in a quadruple shooting in St. Cloud last month was taken into custody after a standoff Friday night in Dawson.

Daquan Christopher Ledbetter, 28, is being held in the Chippewa County Jail in Montevideo after his arrest on a warrant issued by Stearns County.

Daquan Ledbetter
Daquan Christopher Ledbetter
Contributed / Chippewa County Jail

Ledbetter is among three men who are charged in a July 6 shooting in St. Cloud. A criminal complaint issued for Ledbetter charges that he and two others fired multiple rounds that struck four males around 5:47 p.m. July 6 near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Sixth Street South in St. Cloud.

According to the complaint, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the neck and shoulder. A 21-year-old was shot in the head. Another 21-year-old was struck in the chest, and a 19-year-old was shot in the elbow.

According to information from Dawson Police Chief Andy Stock and Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Allen Anderson, the U.S. Marshals Service had learned that Ledbetter was staying in a Dawson residence.

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Stock and Anderson said law enforcement officers with the U.S. Marshals Service, West Central SWAT team, Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office, Dawson Police Department and CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force established a perimeter around a residence on the 800 block of Hickory Street in Dawson. The agencies also were assisted by the Dawson Ambulance.

The standoff continued for about three to three and a half hours, according to Chief Stock. Ledbetter emerged from the house around 11 p.m. Friday and surrendered without incident.

Officers notified residents in a home near the suspect’s location about the standoff and advised them to leave or go to their basements for safety, according to Chief Stock.

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Two other suspects in the St. Cloud shooting had been previously taken into custody. Bryan Garth II, 26, and Jamarcus Jamond Morris, 20, had been arrested separately at different locations and on different days last month.

Ledbetter, Garth and Morris are charged with multiple counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Ledbetter is charged with five counts.

The complaint alleges that the suspects had contact one day earlier at a gas station with the people who were shot. On July 6, they are alleged to have exited a car and approached the alleged victims.

According to the complaint, Ledbetter exited the rear passenger side door and moved south. He took cover behind a vehicle, and then fired multiple rounds.

Investigators were able to identify Ledbetter from a variety of investigative techniques, including evidence derived from his involvement in a separate shooting incident, the complaint charges.

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At the shooting scene in St. Cloud, investigators recovered approximately 33 cartridge casings and/or live sounds. Ammunition included .380 and 9 mm caliber. Multiple brands were located.

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoors reporter for the West Central Tribune.
He has been a reporter with the West Central Tribune since 1993.

Cherveny can be reached via email at tcherveny@wctrib.com or by phone at 320-214-4335.
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