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Man shoots himself in domestic incident

A rural Menahga man sustained a serious self-inflicted injury during a domestic incident.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a domestic involving a firearm shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, May 18, according to a press release sent to the Pioneer Journal.

Prior to the deputy's arrival, a caller reported shots being fired and that a male party sustained a self-inflicted injury to the head.

Upon the deputy's arrival, the suspect, Wayne Petersen, 45, of rural Menahga, was found with a gunshot wound to his face.

Petersen was transported St. Joseph's Emergency Room and later air lifted to another medical facility.

The case is currently under investigation by the Wadena County Sheriff's Office.

Nobody else was seriously injured in this incident.

According to the Wadena County Sheriff call logs, Petersen's daughter alerted authorities that Petersen was threatening to shoot himself and her mother.

Chief Deputy Bill Cross said Thursday afternoon there are no charges filed. He also said Petersen's physical injuries were serious enough to probably keep him in the hospital for weeks.

"It's one of these cases where it's sad, and there's not much anybody can do about it," Cross said. "This particular case is a very sad and traumatic end for both family and the individual."

The Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Menahga Police Department, Sebeka Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Menahga First Responders and Tri-County Ambulance.