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Shooting victim named

Suspect still at large


January 1, 2021

The 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed earlier this week was Joseph James Peterson, of Cloquet and Fond du Lac, according to a press release from the St. Louis County Sheriff's office Friday morning.

St. Louis County Sheriff's Office deputies and officers from the Fond du Lac Police Department responded to a call at 1:19 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28 reporting that someone was shot. When officers arrived at the rural St. Louis County home on the 3600 block of Giiniw Road, they found a deceased 16-year-old male outside of the residence.

This Facebook photo of Joseph Fohrenkam was released by the St. Louis County Sheriff's office. Law enforcement officials have issued a warrant for his arrest in the shooting of Joe Peterson.

Law enforcement officials have issued a warrant and are are searching for one of Peterson's friends, 18-year-old Joseph James Fohrenkam, who faces charges of second degree manslaughter. Fohrenkam is still at large, and believed to be accompanied by his mother, Littlefawn Fohrenkam, age 38. He may still be in possession of a 9mm handgun, according to the SLC press release. Anyone with information on this incident or knows the whereabouts of Joseph or Littlefawn Fohrenkam is asked to call the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office by calling 218-625-3581.

According to Minnesota State Statute 609.205, a person can be charged with second-degree manslaughter if prosecutors can prove one of five different means outlined in state law, including by the person's "culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another;"


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