Man dies by suicide as officers serve court papers in Chippewa County

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MONTEVIDEO — A man apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot Monday night in Chippewa County just as law enforcement was serving him with court papers.

The incident was reported at 8:43 p.m. in the 7000 block of County Road 15 Southwest, Montevideo.

According to a news release, deputies from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office were serving papers to 44-year-old Charles Samuel Brown when he retreated to a bedroom to retrieve belongs and exit the property.

That’s when officers heard a single gunshot from the bedroom, according to the news release.

Deputies on scene “protected a female” who was also at the home.


Law enforcement executed a search warrant for the property, secured the scene and pronounced Brown dead.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Montevideo Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol, Clara City Police Department, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Granite Falls Police Department, Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office, Upper Sioux Police Department, West Central SWAT, Chippewa County Montevideo Ambulance, Montevideo Fire Department and North Memorial Air Care.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTS
Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at or 320-894-9750
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