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Duluth police: Man was attacked before fatally stabbing assailant
 
 
A man was being violently attacked when he produced a knife and began swinging it at his assailant, fatally wounding him Sunday night in Duluth, police said.
 
 
Police Chief Mike Tusken said the man responsible for the stabbing was cooperative with officers and was not taken into custody, pending further investigation. He added that the man’s account was corroborated by other witness statements.

Tusken identified the victim as 38-year-old Dale Harrison Bedell of Duluth. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead a short time after the Central Hillside incident.

Tusken did not identify the man responsible for the stabbing, but said he was unknown to Bedell before the incident. He said it remained unclear why Bedell initially attacked him.

The incident is considered a homicide, but the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office will ultimately determine whether the man’s actions were justifiable or warrant charges.

“The person responsible for the stabbing has injuries consistent with an assault, was interviewed by police and was released pending further investigation,” Tusken said at a news conference. “We do not believe he is a threat to the community.”

The incident was reported outside a residence at 34 E. Fifth St. at 6:21 p.m. Officers found Bedell at the rear of a residence, which Tusken said did not belong to either man involved.

He said a witness placed the 911 call, but the man responsible for the stabbing waited nearby at his own residence and spoke with officers.

Tusken said investigators determined that Bedell “began assaulting him by punching him and knocking him to the ground, pinning him while continually hitting him with his fists.”

“The male responsible for the stabbing had access to a knife, admitted to swinging the knife at Bedell and was able to break free,” Tusken said.

Tusken said the man had injuries to the head and face, “consistent with the report of being assaulted by being punched.”

He said the man sat for an extensive investigation Sunday night and was continuing to cooperate. He said officers did not have probable cause to make an arrest in the case, but noted that an investigation continues and that an autopsy will be completed on Bedell.

“We’re doing our fact-finding and our information-gathering, we’re getting our evidence, and we’ll ultimately provide all of that to the county attorney to make an assessment and an evaluation,” he said. “Last night, based on information we had — the corroborating evidence we had — we did not make an arrest.”

A check of court records shows that Bedell has an extensive criminal history in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has convictions in numerous assault and battery, disorderly conduct, controlled substance and drunken-driving cases.

In his most recent case stemming from Carlton County, Bedell was to remain under Minnesota Department of Corrections supervision through March.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/crime-and-courts/4524599-duluth-police-man-was-attacked-fatally-stabbing-assailant

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“The person responsible for the stabbing has injuries consistent with an assault, was interviewed by police and was released pending further investigation,” Tusken said at a news conference. “We do not believe he is a threat to the community.”

A witness placed the 911 call, but the man responsible for the stabbing waited nearby at his own residence and spoke with officers.

Tusken said investigators determined that Bedell “began assaulting him by punching him and knocking him to the ground, pinning him while continually hitting him with his fists. The male responsible for the stabbing had access to a knife, admitted to swinging the knife at Bedell and was able to break free. The man had injuries to the head and face, consistent with the report of being assaulted by being punched.”

 

Whatever happened to "never talk to the cops?"

 

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