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Leaf Valley shooting still under investigation

North Ambulance and several Douglas County sheriff's vehicles parked along County Road 5 near the scene of a May 9 shooting west of Leaf Valley. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)1 / 2
Douglas County sheriff's deputy were at the scene of a fatal shooting May 9. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)2 / 2

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a May 9 shooting in Leaf Valley that left a 43-year-old man dead.

A preliminary autopsy shows that the victim, identified as David Wayne Bragg, died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen.

Bragg reportedly moved to the area last fall. He was living in the house where the shooting occurred with his girlfriend and her two children, according to authorities.

At about 4:10 p.m. on May 9, the sheriff's office said it received a 9-1-1 call about a domestic disturbance in progress at 7395 County Road 5 NW, Garfield. As law enforcement officers were responding, they were advised by a dispatcher that a firearm was involved and that shots had been fired.

Upon arrival, deputies talked to Bragg's girlfriend and the two children who were at the residence during the disturbance, according to the sheriff's office. They were all uninjured.

Deputies found Bragg's body in a living room area downstairs. The body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner's office in Anoka County.

Wolbersen said he expects the final results of an autopsy within one or two weeks. The report is expected to confirm the cause of death, the weapon used, and how many times Bragg was shot.

The case remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

No charges have been filed in connection with the shooting as of Monday.

"The biggest thing with this investigation is that we want to make sure it is thorough and complete so that if or when charges are filed, it will be appropriate to the incident," Wolbersen told the Echo Press.

The residence where the shooting took place is along County Road 5, about one mile west of The Leaf Valley Mercantile.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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