Suspect in Fond du Lac funeral shooting indicted on federal charges

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ST. PAUL, MN– The man accused of shooting another man in the head during a funeral on the Fond du Lac reservation in Cloquet appeared in federal court in St. Paul Friday afternoon.

Shelby Gene Boswell, 28, of Minneapolis, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and firing it in a school zone.

According to court documents, Boswell entered the Fond du Lac Head Start building October 18, which is within 1,000 feet of the Fond du Lac Ojibwe High School.

When inside, authorities say he fired the weapon at his sister’s boyfriend’s head. His injuries were not life threatening.

Authorities have not released a motive for the shooting.

Because he has prior felony convictions in Beltrami County, Carlton County, and in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Boswell is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Fond du Lac Police Department contributed to the investigation.

The case was also part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative that brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement to combat violent crime.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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