Driver shot in nose during alleged road rage incident on I-94 in west-central Minnesota

A caller — later found to have a gunshot wound to his nose — reported that another driver had shot at him while driving westbound on Interstate 94 after the two had a dispute on the roadway. Stearns County deputies were able to locate the alleged shooter, identified as a 23-year-old from Inkster, Michigan.

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AVON — Deputies responding to an apparent road rage shooting found a man with a gunshot wound on the tip of his nose.

A driver on westbound Interstate 94 reported Tuesday evening to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center that another westbound driver had fired a gun at his vehicle.

The caller then told dispatchers he would continue to his residence a short distance away, according to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived at the caller's residence, they found he had a gunshot wound on the tip of his nose.

The 911 call about the shooting was made at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday from a location near mile marker 154 in Avon Township between St. Joseph and Avon. The caller said the shooting vehicle had continued westbound.

Deputies located the shooting vehicle, a 2010 black Ford Escape, near the westbound Melrose exit, where they performed a stop and detained the driver. The driver was identified as a 23-year-old man from Inkster, Michigan.


The Sheriff’s Office said in the release that the investigation determined that a road rage incident took place between the suspect and the caller, who was driving a 2012 gray Volkswagen GTI, while both vehicles were traveling westbound on I-94.

At one point during the incident, the suspect allegedly fired a handgun, striking the caller.

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The suspect was booked into the Stearns County Jail on charges of second degree-assault, according to the release.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Melrose Police Department and the Sauk Centre Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have witnessed the event to call 320-259-3700 .

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Dale Morin is a reporter with the West Central Tribune. He covers public safety and breaking news beats.

Dale can be reached at or by phone 320-214-4368.
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