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One arrested in shooting death of former employee of popular Bemidji restaurant

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A former employee of a Bemidji restaurant is dead after a shooting there Saturday morning.

According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department, the incident occurred at 10 a.m. at Mi Rancho, a Mexican food eatery in the 600 block of Anne St. NW.

The news release indicates the former employee forced his way into the back door of the restaurant while it was closed – workers were apparently readying for the lunch crowd – and started an altercation with several employees.

That led to a shooting and ultimately to former employee's death, according to the sheriff's department. Officers immediately identified the alleged shooter, who was taken into custody.

The victim's identity has not yet been released pending notification of his family, who live in Mexico.

The Bemidji Pioneer says police tape was blocking all access to the restaurant. Bemidji Police, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were all working on the investigation.

Officials say there is no danger to the public, but the investigation is ongoing.

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