The suspected gunman involved in a deadly robbery in northern Minnesota this week has been detained and charged with second-degree intentional murder, burglary and arson.
Devin C. Belcourt, 32, of Bagley, was arrested Tuesday, May 5, at a residence in Naytawash, Minnesota, which is approximately 50 miles southwest of Bemidji and 40 miles southwest of where an aggravated robbery turned deadly the night before.
Belcourt is accused of pulling the trigger of a .22-caliber handgun that was pointed at the head of a man later found dead in a burning home about 10 miles west of Bemidji.
After the alleged killing, Belcourt and an accomplice, 37-year-old Travis E. Gunning, of Clearbrook, Minnesota, left the house and got into a car that was driven by a 40-year-old Bemidji woman, Rebecca E. Lockman.
Once in the getaway car, the victim's roommate drove up the driveway and exchanged gunfire with the suspects. The roommate was found in an outbuilding suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, though he survived.
Investigators were able to track down Gunning and Lockman at a hospital in Minot, North Dakota, where Gunning was receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to the foot.
Gunning admitted to investigators that he was involved in the armed robbery of the victim who was found dead inside the burning home, the complaint says. But Gunning said Belcourt used his father's .22-caliber handgun to fatally shoot the man in the back of the head while Gunning was exiting the house with the victim's cash-filled safe, a gun, and drugs.
After Belcourt allegedly shot the victim, they decided to burn down the home in order to conceal the murder, the complaint says.
According to Bemidji Now, an attorney during Belcourt's arraignment said the "facts surrounding this case" are "chilling, to say the least."
Lockman then allegedly served as the getaway driver, fleeing on Jones Townhall Road. At some point, Belcourt exited the vehicle on that roadway and fled on foot, with Gunning and Lockman hiding the stolen property in a wooded area, the complaint says.
Police located the stolen items where Gunning said they would find them.
Belcourt's rap sheet features numerous convictions, including burglary, forgery, resisting arrest, theft, criminal damage to property, assault on a peace officer, domestic assault, and possession of methamphetamine.