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Willmar police: Man killed by stray bullet that penetrated garage wall

Jan 17, 2021 07:09AM ● By Editor
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From KMSP-TV Fox 9 News - January 16, 2021

Police in Willmar, Minnesota are investigating after a man died Friday when he was apparently struck by a stray bullet that went through the wall of his garage.

According to investigators, the 41-year-old man was working in his garage on the 1000 block of 4th Street SW Friday evening at 7:40 p.m. when his family saw him suddenly collapse.

After emergency crews arrived on scene, they found the man had been struck by something in his chest.

He was rushed to Carris Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Officers at the scene say they found a bullet hole that had completely penetrated a garage wall and traveled in the direction where the man collapsed.

Investigators say it appears the bullet was fired from a spot off the homeowner's property, but police did not say if they knew who fired the shot or why. However, investigators do say they searched a home the next block over on 3rd Street SW as part of the investigation. No arrests have been made at this time. Police say it doesn't appear the victim was targeted, and there is no concern for public safety.

They are asking anyone with information on the case to call the Willmar Police Department at (320)235-2244 or anonymously at They are looking for anyone in the area who may have home surveillance video to review their footage for suspicious behavior or gunshots.

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