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2 in custody after fatal Christmas shooting near Bemidji


December 29, 2020

NORTHERN TOWNSHIP -- A husband and wife are now in custody after a fatal shooting of a relative on Christmas Day.

According to a report from Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel, Beltrami County Dispatch received a call from a woman -- later identified as Janelle Johnson, 36, of Bemidji -- at approximately 12:11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26.

She reported that around an hour earlier, she and her husband, Austin Johnson, 36, of Bemidji, had traveled to their brother-in-law, Jesse Farris' residence to confront him over alleged domestic abuse between him and Janelle's sister. The residence is located on the 5000 block of Lavinia Road NE in Northern Township near Bemidji.


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