Man arrested in Long Prairie shooting death

Fatal gunshot victim has also been identified, another person was wounded.

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Ricardo Del Valle Martinez

One person has been arrested in connection with a shooting that took place last weekend in Long Prairie.

Ricardo Del Valle Martinez, 24, of Long Prairie, was arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Sauk Centre man.

Edwin Grullon was identified as the person Martinez shot and fatally wounded during what was believed to be an apparent drug transaction, according to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

Another man, who has not yet been identified, was also shot and was taken to the Long Prairie Hospital.

Bail for Martinez was set at $2 million without conditions and $1 million with conditions. As of Sept. 1, he was still in the Todd County Jail.


Here’s what happened, according to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office:

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 9:18 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29.

Shortly after deputies responded to the call of shots fired, they stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 71 and Riverside Drive.

The driver, not yet identified, and Grullon, had both been shot. Grullon was pronounced dead during the traffic stop, according to the sheriff’s office.

The initial investigation determined that the two gunshot victims had arranged to meet acquaintances in Long Prairie for an apparent drug transaction, according to the sheriff’s office.

Todd County sheriff’s deputies, working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, believe Martinez knew Grullon and the other man, and that it was an isolated incident.

This shooting is still being investigated by the Todd County Sheriff’s Office with help from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The public is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office at 320-732-2158 if they have any information related to this shooting.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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