A 35-year-old Onamia man suffered a gunshot wound to his head after being ambushed at a residence on Mille Lacs tribal land.
Mille Lacs Tribal Police officers were responding to the 16000 block of Migizi Drive on a report that a man was jumped by six individuals at about 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The initial report was that firearms were involved, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court.
On their way to the alleged crime scene, officers observed Brandon Louis Wade, 35 of Onamia, walking down the road with his entire face and front of his shirt covered in blood. An officer observed a gash in Wade’s forehead the size of a nickel which was pouring blood. It was later determined that the wound was the result of a gunshot. An ambulance was then called to the scene, the complaint states.
While approaching the residence, officers observed a male in dark clothing running towards the residence at which the alleged shooting occurred. Officers attempted to enter the residence but found the door to be locked. Officers made the decision to make a forcible entry into the home based on the potential gunshots sustained by Wade. Inside the home they were met by a Matthew S. Mitchell, 19, and a 52-year-old woman. They were ordered to the ground. The woman complied, Mitchell did not. Instead, Mitchell allegedly took an aggressive stance and failed to comply with the officers’ orders. Officers deployed a stun gun, but it had no affect on Mitchell, the complaint states. A second stun gun was fired, but Mitchell removed from his body the probes from that gun. Mitchell then went down a hallway in the residence.
Officers then observed Mitchell grab a folding knife from his pocket and exposed the blade, the complaint states. He allegedly made slashing motions towards the officers while being within 10 feet of them.
Mitchell was then warned that he would be shot if he did not comply with officer orders to drop the knife, the complaint states. Mitchell allegedly tensed up, was screaming at the officers but then threw the knife on the floor. He told officers he wasn’t going to leave without a fight and didn’t care if he was shot, the complaint states. Officers negotiated with Mitchell for an hour before taking him into custody, according to the complaint. Mitchell had an alleged blood alcohol concentration level of .27 following his apprehension.
Two other suspects were located in the residence: Damon Scott Solis, age 19, and Winston Lawrence Mattinas, age 18. Mattinas was forced to the ground by officers, the complaint states.
A search warrant was obtained and a search of the residence was conducted. Inside the residence two firearms were located in a het vent: A Wolf .50 caliber muzzle loader rifle and a Black Ops .177 CO2 air revolver, the complaint states. Officers also located a baseball cap that had a bullet hole and blood on it. Three shirt with blood smear, a shoe with a blood-like substance and a hooded sweatshirt with a large amount of blood on it were also recovered from the residence, the complaint states.
Wade was able to be interviewed from the hospital by telephone. He allegedly told investigators that he was called to the Migizi Drive residence by Mattinas in order to purchase marijuana. When Wade arrived he was met by a juvenile male and Damon Solis. Several people exited the residence with guns, Wade told investigators. Wade allegedly saw Solis with a gun but was not sure who shot him in the head, the complaint states.
Mitchell, Mattinas and Solis were taken into custody. Levi Kegg was also taken into custody.
Mitchell was charged in Mille Lacs County District Court with aggravated robbery in the first degree, first degree assault causing great bodily harm, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, Obstructing the legal process by interfering with an officer, and consumption of liquor by someone under age 21.
Solis was charged with possessing a pistol or semi-automatic assault weapon and committing a crime of violence, aggravated robbery in the first degree, first degree assault causing great bodily harm, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm and fleeing a police officer. Mattinas was charged with first degree assault causing great bodily harm, aggravated robbery in the first degree, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm, and fleeing an officer. Kegg is charged with first degree assault causing great bodily harm, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm, and aggravated robbery.