Sheriff: Man fatally shot by sister-in-law near Bemidji on Christmas

The 48-year-old was found dead outside his home.
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A man died after being shot by his sister-in-law on Christmas Day.

The incident reported just after midnight Dec. 26 saw police sent to a home in the 5000 block of Lavinia Rd NE, in Northern Township, on a report of a shooting.

The 911 caller was the alleged shooter, a 36-year-old woman from Bemidji, who told police she and her husband had traveled to the home of her brother-in-law, 48-year-old Jesse Farris, to "confront him over some alleged domestic abuse incident" between Farris and the shooter's sister.

"A verbal argument ensued, that then became physical, where at that point it is alleged that Janelle Johnson brandished a firearm that Austin Johnson had brought with him to the residence, and shot her brother-in-law," per the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.

After the shooter called police, deputies arrived at the home to find Farris dead outside with multiple gunshot wounds.

The sister-in-law is being held on a charge of 2nd degree murder, while her husband is also in jail on a pending charge of aiding an offender.

The investigation is ongoing.

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