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Authorities identify three dead in Nevis shooting

Thee people are dead in a shooting in Nevis, Minn. The initial call led to a chase in which a deputy was wounded. Matt Henson / WDAY

NEVIS, Minn. — The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the three people who died during an incident on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the city of Nevis in Hubbard County. According to authorities:

  • Heidi Eve Pierce, 40, of Akeley, Minn., died of homicide due to a gunshot wound.

  • Candi Cheryl Goochey, 37, of Akeley, died of homicide due to a gunshot wound.

  • Bryce Anthony Bellomo, 34, of Nevis, died of suicide due to a gunshot wound.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer-involved shooting. The BCA is in the process of conducting interviews with incident participants and witnesses. Additional information, including the names of the deputies, will be released once those interviews are completed.

When the BCA’s investigation of the officer-involved shooting is completed, the BCA will turn its case file over without recommendation to the Hubbard County Attorney’s Office for review.

The Forum News Service previously reported that a motive remains unclear for the Feb. 14 shooting, which resulted in three deaths and a deputy being wounded during a chase.

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just before 8 p.m. about the shooting at a home day care in the city of Nevis, a town of around 400 around 100 miles east of Fargo. The incident started as a domestic dispute, officials said.

Bellomo, whose Facebook page lists him as an award-winning taxidermist, volunteer firefighter, Boy Scout leader and baseball coach, was served divorce papers earlier in February, according to public records. In March 2018, he was charged with domestic assault for an incident involving his wife.

When deputies arrived, they found a dead woman and learned that the armed suspect, allegedly Bellomo, fled in the victim's car with a second victim in the back, who had also been shot and killed, the sheriff's office said.