Fertile man formally charged in Oklee shooting – Thief River Falls Northern Watch

Oliver Jon Berhow

by April ScheinohaReporter

A Fertile man has been formally charged in Red Lake County District Court after he allegedly shot an Oklee man outside of a home Monday afternoon.

Oliver Jon Berhow, 27, Fertile, has been charged with felony second degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm, according to the complaint. He remains incarcerated at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston.

Cody Eldene Landrus, 31, was shot above his eye and was airlifted to a Fargo, N.D., hospital. The complaint indicated that, as of Tuesday, he had been placed in a medically-induced coma. Tests were being completed to determine the extent of his injuries and how doctors should proceed.

Berhow was immediately taken into custody. He allegedly admitted multiple times that he had shot Landrus. He informed Landrus mom that he had shot her son and advised her to call 911. Berhow also admitted his involvement more than once to a Red Lake County deputy. After Chief Deputy Brad Johnson read a Miranda warning to Berhow, Berhow also allegedly told Johnson that he had shot Landrus because Landrus had confronted him with a baseball bat. Sheriff Mitch Bernstein seized a 9-mm handgun and a baseball bat at the scene.

Landrus roommate allegedly said Berhow suspected he and Landrus had stolen firearms from Berhow. A consent search had been conducted at Landrus home in connection with that case four days earlier.

The assault charge stemmed from a 911 call at about 4:22 p.m. Monday, according to the complaint. Landrus mom reported that her son had been shot above his eye outside of 505 Elm St. in Oklee. She said she had been speaking with Landrus when they heard his vehicle start. He apparently went outside and she soon heard a commotion. She saw Berhow standing alongside a car, and he told her to call 911 because he had just shot her son. She said Berhow then laughed. Landrus mom said her son was lying in a pool of blood on the street. At the time, Berhow had a gun in his hand and he had no facial injuries.

A short time later, Landrus roommate arrived in an all-terrain vehicle. Landrus mom informed him what had happened. The roommate allegedly told law enforcement that Berhow reached inside the vehicle to get the gun. He attempted to prevent Berhow from grabbing the gun. A fight ensued in the vehicle with Berhow firing two shots near that mans face. The man got the gun away from Berhow and hit him several times with a flashlight. Another man then arrived and helped him detain Berhow until law enforcement arrived.

Berhow was later treated for his injuries at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls and then transported to jail.

Landrus roommate said Berhow believed he and Landrus had stolen some firearms from Berhow. He denied any involvement.

Four days before the shooting, the Red Lake County Sheriffs Office assisted the Polk County Sheriffs Office with consent searches at Landrus home and the home of the second man who responded to the scene. The three of them were suspects in a burglary at Berhows residence in Fertile. Several firearms had been stolen in the burglary. According to online court records, as of Wednesday morning, none of the three men have been formally charged in connection with that burglary.

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