Police ID Cloquet Shooting Victim; Wife in Custody

Posted at: 01/06/2013 1:46 PM
Updated at: 01/07/2013 7:13 PM
By: Jon Ellis and Laurie Stribling

Monday, Cloquet police identified the man shot Sunday as Richard Alan Majerle. The 38-year-old man remains hospitalized. Police say they do not know his condition.

Police say he called them and said his wife had shot him.

The incident was reported at about 5:50 a.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Slate Street.  The husband and wife were both present when police arrived.

Police say Majerle had been shot in the chest and was taken to the Cloquet Memorial Hospital and then transported to a Duluth hospital. He was last listed Monday in serious condition at Essentia Health-Saint Mary's Medical Center.

The victim's 36-year-old wife was arrested without incident.  Police say they recovered a gun which they believe was used in the shooting.

Background on the couple surfaced since the alleged shooting. Court records at the Carlton County Courthouse show the woman filed for divorce on October 9. The file also stated the couple shares two children and one other child from a previous relationship. 

Those court records also indicated the couple had been living separately since July. They were married in January 2005. 

The couple's house was also foreclosed on and is scheduled to go on sale Tuesday morning according to the Carlton County Sheriff's Office.  

Police said people living in the area should not be fearful. Cloquet Deputy Chief Terry Hill said the alleged shooting is an isolated incident.

"The public is not in any danger," Hill said. "They live in a safe neighborhood and this was not a random act." 

Some people in the community felt differently Sunday.

"I've never had something like this so close to me before; it's weird," neighbor Amanda Smith said. "My jaw dropped. That's crazy. That's really sad, and it's scary."

Other people in the neighborhood said this incident is the sign of a bigger problem with violence in general. 

"Things have to change," neighbor Cynthia Will said. "Every day now, it's like we can mark on the calendar. Every day there's some shooting going on. It has got to stop."

Cynthia, and her son Mark, were also surprised to hear something like this happened in Cloquet.

"It's small towns it's happening to," Cynthia said. "You think of the big city, but it's happening more now in smaller towns."

"I grew up in a town four times this big," Mark said. "We never had anything like this. Just something I'm not use to hearing."

The suspect is awaiting formal charges.