Casino incident leads to death

In an April 2 press release, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office reported that a Jan. 2 incident at Grand Casino Hinckley resulted in a man’s death – and that criminal charges may still be filed in the case.

On Jan. 2 at 11:11 p.m., Pine County Deputies and Essentia Ambulance responded to the Grand Casino Hinckley to a medical call. It was reported that a male party was bleeding from the ear after being pushed by another male party. The suspect was identified as a known acquaintance of the victim.

The injured party, identified as Donald Ross McElderry, Jr, age 58, was transferred to North Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

On April 2 the Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled the death was the result of blunt force trauma. Witnesses and the suspect were cooperative at the scene.

No arrests have been made in the case. However, the Pine County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case for possible criminal charges.

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