Benson man kills himself as he was on his way to jail

He was a convicted felon with a warrant for ammunition possession.
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Bernard drivdahl

A man took his own life in western Minnesota on Monday evening by shooting himself as he was on his way to surrender to police.

The incident happened at 8 p.m. about 2 miles east of Benson, where Bernard Drivdahl, 62, was found dead in the passenger seat of a vehicle on Hwy. 12.

Drivdahl, a convicted felon, had a handgun in his possession and shot himself, the Swift County Sheriff's Office said, dying from his self-inflicted injury at the scene.

Police learned that Drivdahl was on his way to turn himself in to Swift County Jail for a warrant from the Department of Corrections. The warrant was for convicted felon in possession of ammunition. 

The driver of the vehicle didn't know that Drivdahl had a gun in his possession, and was taken to the Swift County Benson Hospital to be checked out, but was uninjured.

The incident is still under investigation.

The Department of Corrections database shows that Drivdahl had been a wanted felon since Sept. 4, and had been last released from prison on Jan. 8.

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