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Shooting incident between father and son investigated in rural Perham

A Perham man suffered small cuts to his face, and his father is in jail, following a shooting incident in rural Perham on Wednesday.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office has reported that Jeffrey Schultes, 53, of rural Perham, fired a .22 caliber rifle at his son, Jesse Schultes, 24, of Perham, as Jesse tried to drive away from the scene. A bullet struck Jesse’s window, shattering it and causing glass fragments to land on his face, resulting in small abrasions.

He was not seriously injured.

Afterward, Jeffrey ran into the woods near his home on 405th Street, where he was later located by sheriff’s deputies. He suffered mild hypothermia and was transported to Perham Health by ambulance, according to the sheriff’s report.

He was later taken to the Otter Tail County Jail.

Based on Jesse’s statement to officers and evidence found at the scene, it is believed that Jesse went to his father’s home to return an item. The two had previously talked and were angry with each other. A physical altercation took place between the two in Jeffrey’s driveway. Jeffrey had the rifle in his possession at the time of the altercation, and he pointed it at Jesse and fired at least two times as Jesse drove away.

Jesse was treated for his wounds at Perham Health, where Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby made contact with him.

The incident took place at about 11 a.m. on Feb. 25.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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