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Suspect in Cloquet funeral shooting indicted on federal charges

He allegedly "fired a rifle into the head of another man" during the funeral.

A federal grand jury has indicted the man accused of shooting a person in the head at a funeral in Cloquet last month. 

Shelby Gene Boswell, 28, had already been charged at the state level in the shooting, which happened on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation on Friday, Oct. 18.

In a Friday news release, the Carlton County Attorney's Office says Boswell "fired a rifle into the head of another man" at the funeral service. Mourners restrained Boswell until authorities arrived, and the victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

On Wednesday, the grand jury indicted him on a charge of possession and discharge of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The release says the state charges against Boswell were dropped as a result of this week's federal indictment, with authorities noting that "federal prosecution provides the greatest consequences" for the alleged crime.

According to the Associated Press, the shooting victim, who was eventually released from a Duluth hospital, is the boyfriend of Boswell's sister.

The Star Tribune says the funeral was for Boswell's grandmother. 

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