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Update: Two Dead in New York Mills Murder-Suicide

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Valley News Live has learned from a St. Cloud Hospital official that Jake Geiser, the accused in Wednesday night's deadly shooting in New York Mills, is deceased.


Updated 8/1 9:09 p.m.


Valley News Live has learned the names of two men involved a shooting near New York Mills, Minnesota, Wednesday night. Family and friends confirm 20-year-old Ethan Honer was shot and killed.  They also tell us 23-year-old Jake Geiser is in critical condition at an area hospital.

Wednesday night a 21-year-old woman called 911 after hearing gunshots from a home on Highway 56 just outside of New York Mills. When authorities got there, they found two men with gunshot wounds.

Honer was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, and authorities found Geiser unconscious. He was air lifted to a St. Cloud hospital and is on life support. Witness tell police the Geiser shot Honer before shooting himself.

Valley News Team's Brandon Clark was in New York Mills on Thursday and says the whole area is very tense. People are very upset about the entire situation and are not willing to talk about it yet, especially family members. 

Friends say Geiser is the ex-boyfriend to a woman who, authorities say, was Honer's current girlfriend.

There are still a lot of questions as to who lived in the trailer where the shooting happened, and what the men were doing there.  A 21-year-old woman that called 911 reporting the gun shots at the trailer, but authorities would not confirm if she is the girlfriend involved. 

Authorities say they will release more information Friday morning. We will bring you those details as soon as they are available.


Original Story


The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department is now saying they got incorrect information and that a shooting victim is still alive, in critical condition, and on life support after a shooting in New York Mills, Minnesota Wednesday night.

The Sheriff's Dispatch says it got a call from a 21-year-old woman Wednesday night around 9:15 p.m. that gunshots were fired at a home on County Highway 56about 3 miles east of North Broadway Avenue.

Police and EMS say they found two men who had gunshot wounds. One of the men who was 20 years old had been killed.

The other 23-year-old man was unconscious and taken to the Wadena Tri-County Hospital, then airlifted to a hospital in St. Cloud. Authorities initially told us he had died, but later said he is alive. He is listed in critical condition.

Witness say the 23-year-old man shot the 20-year-old man before shooting himself. Names of the two men are being held until police can notify family members. 

Police will continue to investigate. 

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