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No charges filed in Leaf Valley shooting death

North Ambulance and several Douglas County sheriff's vehicles parked along County Road 5 near the scene of a shooting west of Leaf Valley May 9, 2018. (Echo Press file photo)

No charges will be filed in the shooting death of David Bragg in his home near Leaf Valley on May 9, 2018.

After reviewing the investigative materials in the case, Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson determined that Bragg's girlfriend was acting in self-defense when she shot Bragg, 43.

In a Jan. 25 letter to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen, Larson said the facts showed that Bragg discharged his firearm at his girlfriend from close range while the two were engaged in an altercation that had become physical.

Bragg reportedly moved to the area in the fall of 2017 and was living in a house with his girlfriend and her two children at 7395 County Road 5 NW, Garfield, about one mile west of The Leaf Valley Mercantile.

At about 4:10 p.m. on May 9, the sheriff's office received a 9-1-1 call about a domestic disturbance in progress at the house. As law enforcement officers were responding, they were advised by a dispatcher that a firearm was involved and 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 girlfriend told investigators that Bragg had assaulted her and ultimately fired a gun at her. She stated that she immediately shot Bragg after he fired a handgun at her, according to Larson.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension processed the scene and studied the trajectory of a bullet hole in a location consistent with Bragg discharging his firearm at his girlfriend as she was going up the stairs.

Fingerprint and DNA evidence collected at the scene and statements from witnesses were consistent with the girlfriend's version of events, Larson said. Alcohol and drugs didn't appear to have played a role in the incident, he added.

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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