Longtime law enforcement officer found shot to death in ‘hunting-related incident’ in NW. Minnesota

November 12, 2018

A longtime law enforcement officer in northwestern Minnesota was found shot to death over the weekend in what authorities are calling a hunting-related fatality.

Jay C. Nelson, 53, of Cormorant Township, was located by emergency responders early Saturday evening in a vehicle on a logging trail roughly 20 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, according to the Becker County Sheriffs Office.

The Sheriffs Office said in a statement that its investigators believe this appears to be a hunting-related accident and are asking for the publics assistance in identifying anyone who may have been hunting in that area or heard gunshots.

Nelson was located a half-mile east of Yellowhead Trail and roughly a half-mile west of Little Flat Lake in West Sugar Bush Township.

Investigators can be reached at (218) 847-2661.

Numerous agencies are assigned to the case including the Sheriffs Office, White Earth Tribal Police and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Nelson began his career in the mid-1980s working as a part-time deputy for Becker County Sheriffs Office and as a Pelican Rapids police officer. He then worked for various law enforcement agencies in North Dakota before joining the Lake Park, Minn., Police Department and being its chief.

He left Lake Park and was a sheriffs deputy in Becker County from 1999-2006, then returned to the chiefs post in Lake Park until he retired in 2015.

Thank you for your years of service and the great memories, a statement from the Becker County Sheriffs Office read.

Paul Walsh 612-673-4482

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