Sheriff: Shot Fired At Canoeists

BEMIDJI, Minn. (WCCO) — The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident involving two people threatening a group of canoeists with a gun.

According to Sheriff Phil Hodapp, eleven people were visiting their property in Beltrami County Saturday evening.

The group of people was canoeing down Darrigan’s Creek when they were confronted by a man and woman who accused them of trespassing.

The canoeists told the two they were on public water, but one of the two people accusing the canoeists pulled a gun and pointed it at the group.

The person then fired a round at the ground and again pointed the gun at the group, according to the sheriff’s office.

The two, who have not yet been identified by authorities, were taken into custody and face potential criminal charges.

  • JamieinMN

    Jeeeesus. Now THAT is called taking advantage of your right to bear arms. My god they were canoeing!

    • Real Talk

      …if those hillbillies ever pointed a gun at my kids when we were just canoeing…..I guarantee that person would not be breathing today.

      • huh

        So you’re just as bad as they are?

        • C L Dodson

          Not as bad, just quicker on the draw.

  • Good Ol Boy

    11 people in a canoe seems excessive. Did they really have enough life jackets?

    • JamieinMN

      They do make very LARGE canoes, such as 36 foot canoes that hold up to 14 people.

    • Phil Mcrackin

      It must have been one of those low riding gang banger canoes. The property owners must have been terrified.

  • BooYah

    No, that is called a couple of morons who need serious electro-shock therapy!! These are the kind of idiots that give responsible gun owners a bad name.

    • Yes they do

      Drunk drivers give responsible drivers a bad name.

      • brent

        Clowns give circus’ a bad name…

        • Yes they do

          Drivers who don’t drink and drive will not fight against drunk driving laws. If they did, as a defense to stop drunk driving laws, would they say drunk drivers give responsible drivers a bad name? Those who want no control of guns say people like these give responsible gun owners a bad name. I cannot see the logic.

    • GOPSUX

      Conservatives give humans a bad name.

  • Rubin

    Ya know it starts with just one canoe and then the next thing you know you have a gang of canoeists and we all know how wild and out of control canoeists can be, right? I’m sure he fired his weapon out of shear fright!

  • Victim Du Jour

    Sounds almost like the movie “Deliverance”

    • Auntie Venom

      Awww…yew shore have a purty mouth, VDJ!

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