Weather Forecast


Shooting: One suspect released, another still in jail

One of two men arrested and being held in connection with the Dec. 8 shooting in Alexandria was released from jail Wednesday afternoon.

Zachary Gordon, 29, of Alexandria, who was arrested Monday by Alexandria police officers, was released per the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, according to Jackie Notch, Douglas County Jail administrator.

Jacob McCoy, 25, of Alexandria, was arrested Tuesday and remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Alexandria Police Department, both men are believed to have been involved in the shooting, which sent Michael Wells, 35, of Alexandria, to the hospital.

The shooting was reported Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9:46 p.m., when a caller stated that a male had been shot on the 400 block of Elm Street. Wells’ identity had not been released until Tuesday night by authorities, who said they withheld his name in the interest of Wells’ safety.

Wells, who was transported from Alomere Health to a different health facility, continues to be treated for his injuries from the shooting, police said Tuesday.

Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said information is continuing to be gathered and the investigation is ongoing.

“As it relates to this incident, we have no information that would lead us to believe there being any threat to the public,” Wyffels said.

The Alexandria Police Department continues to investigate, and has been assisted by the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force, sheriff’s offices from Douglas, Todd and Pope counties, Minnesota State Patrol, Glenwood Police Department and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and 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 June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

(320) 763-1242