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Sheriff's department investigates burglary, shooting incident in Emerald

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Two people were booked into the St. Croix County Jail and arrest warrants have been issued for two others held by Ramsey County (Minn.) authorities following a Friday afternoon burglary and shooting incident in the town of Emerald.

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Sheriff John Shilts said deputies were called to 1673 250th St. at 3:10 p.m. on a shooting complaint in connection with an apparent burglary aimed at taking marijuana from the Emerald residence.

Brandon Wells Fargo, 36, the homeowner, was booked into the Hudson jail Friday on a manufacturing THC charge. Janye Monique Buckley, 30, Hudson, was booked into jail on a probation violation. Shilts said Monday morning that charges against Buckley in the Friday incident have not been filed.

Nathan Ellsworth Fisher, 27, and Robert R. Beyer, 34, were in Ramsey County Jail Monday morning awaiting extradition to Wisconsin, the sheriff said. Beyer was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft. Fisher was charged with one count of felony burglary.

"We are still trying to sort out the details," Shilts said. "We have two different stories of gunshots fired." The arrest warrant for Beyer alleged Fargo fired a long gun as he was fleeing.

Fargo told investigators that an intruder fired shots from a hand gun at him, according to the complaint.

Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said 23 law officers, including members of the Woodville Police Department and Hudson PD K-9 unit and St. Croix county Emergency Response Team, were involved in the incident. The search for suspects was finally called off just after 7 p.m.

The officers set up a perimeter in an attempt to catch the perpetrators, but they had fled the area.

"Part of the problem was we got the call late which allowed time for the suspects to get away," said Shilts.

Knudson said heavy snow in the area meant three K-9 units and extra law enforcement personnel were needed for the manhunt.

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