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Charges: Man shot to scare fawn, killed ex-police chief

November 29, 2018

This photo provided by the Becker County Jail in Detroit Lakes, Minn., shows Morris Silas Dodd Jr., who was charged Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, with manslaughter for fatally shooting a former police chief in a rural part of northwestern Minnesota. Former Lake Park police chief Jay Clayton Nelson was found dead of a single gunshot in his vehicle on Nov. 10. (Becker County Jail via AP)

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a hunter with manslaughter for fatally shooting a former police chief in a rural part of northwestern Minnesota.

The Becker County Attorney’s office on Thursday charged 54-year-old Morris Silas Dodd Jr. of rural Ogema with one count of second-degree manslaughter.

According to the complaint, Dodd acknowledged hunting in the area where 53-year-old former Lake Park police chief Jay Clayton Nelson was found dead of a single gunshot in his vehicle on Nov. 10.

Dodd told investigators he fired a shot to “spook” a fawn, but denied seeing a vehicle or shooting at any vehicle or victim.

Tests determined a shell casing found several hundred yards from Nelson’s vehicle and the bullet recovered from his body were fired from Dodd’s rife.

Dodd is due in court Friday.

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