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Crosslake man faces attempted murder charge

A 59-year-old Crosslake man faces four felony charges, including second-degree attempted murder, for allegedly shooting a man twice with a shotgun Monday, June 3.

Larry Joe Bolton allegedly shot a man identified only as “R.B.” at Bolton’s residence on County Road 36, according to the criminal complaint filed in Crow Wing County District Court. Charges against Bolton include second-degree attempted murder, with intent, not premeditated; first-degree assault, great bodily harm; second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, great bodily harm, against R.B.; and second degree assault with a dangerous weapon against a person identified in the complaint as “K.K.”

The complaint says that conversation between North Memorial Ambulance staff and an investigator indicated there was a high probability R.B. would lose his leg. R.B. is 31, according to Crosslake police.

The Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office said Wednesday, June 5, that the full names of R.B. and K.K., the woman who made a 911 call, were not public because the case was still under investigation. Without a full name, the condition of R.B. was unavailable.

According to the criminal complaint:

At about 6:06 p.m. June 3, Crow Wing County dispatch received a 911 call from K.K. requesting an ambulance to 17027 County Road 36, Crosslake.

K.K. told dispatchers that R.B. had been shot by Bolton with a shotgun and that K.K. was afraid R.B. was going to die. K.K. indicated this was not an accidental shooting but that Bolton had shot R.B. on purpose.

While K.K. was speaking with dispatchers, dispatch received a second 911 call, this one from Bolton. Bolton requested an ambulance and a sheriff’s deputy to the same residence, Bolton’s house, because a young man had just pointed a gun at him and he had to fire his weapon.

Bolton told dispatchers that the man he shot was in the loft. Bolton also indicated there was a girl in the loft.

When law enforcement officials arrived at Bolton’s residence, they observed R.B. lying on the floor of the loft in a pool of blood. R.B. was airlifted to a hospital. Deputies found two spent shotgun shells and located a shotgun in Bolton’s kitchen that they believe was used in the shooting.

Crosslake Police Chief Robert Hartman said in a news release that Bolton was arrested with no struggle, but that he would not reply to questioning and requested a lawyer.

The complaint states that K.K. gave a statement indicating she went to see R.B., who had received a letter from Bolton asking R.B. to “pull his weight or get out.”

She and R.B. lay down to take a nap, and K.K. was awakened to hear Bolton coming up the steps into the loft where she and R.B. were laying. K.K. said she heard Bolton ask R.B. if he had read the letter, then felt him stand up next to the bed when she heard a gunshot.

According to the complaint detailing K.K.’s statement, K.K. opened her eyes to see Bolton pointing a long rifle at herself and Bolton, then heard the gun go off a second time and saw a flash from the gun.

The complaint states that K.K. said she did not at any time observe R.B. threaten or use any sort of weapon in response to Bolton.

When dispatch received the 911 call from Bolton, he told dispatchers he had been “trying to get him (R.B.) out of here but that he didn’t get the message,” the complaint says.

“Just tell them that I shot R., I had to,” Bolton allegedly told dispatchers, according to the complaint. “He (R.B.) wouldn’t leave me alone ... I had to put an end to it. I was just getting overwhelmed. The court will have to ask me all about it.”

Hartman said by phone that this is the first shooting he’s encountered in Crosslake since he joined the department more than 18 years ago.

Bolton’s next court appearance is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. June 19. On June 5, Bolton’s bond was set at $750,000 without conditions or $500,000 with conditions, which include that he not have contact with the victim(s), keep court/attorney informed of current address, have no alcohol/controlled substance use and have no use or possession of firearms or dangerous weapons.