By Chris Burns
Lakeland News 

Red Lake Police Officer Shot and Killed While on Duty


The Red Lake Tribal Council announced that a Red Lake Nation police officer was shot and killed while on duty.

A family member identified the officer to the Star Tribune as Ryan Bialke, originally from Buffalo, Minnesota, who joined the Red Lake force in 2014.

The Minneapolis FBI posted the following on Twitter:

"FBI agents from our office are investigating a shooting that occurred early [Tuesday] morning on the Red Lake Reservation. RLDP officers were responding to a call at a residence when a subject fired a weapon killing an officer. Subject is in custody. Investigation is underway."

Red Lake Nation posted a message on their Facebook page saying, "It is with heavy hearts to announce that the Red Lake Nation lost a Police Officer in the line of duty this morning. Chairman Seki is directing all Tribal Programs and Businesses to lower flags to half-staff throughout the week."

Reports say the officer was involved in a shooting near Redby Tuesday morning. The FBI continues to work to get more information on the incident.

The Red Lake Tribal Council offers their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the officer.


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