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Police say, at this time, no info corroborating connection between weekend shooting with fatal 2021 crash

“We are aware of media outlets reporting that this event may have been in retribution for an incident that occurred in East Grand Forks last year. At this time, there is no information corroborating this connection,” the release said.

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GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks Police say at this time there’s no information corroborating a connection between a weekend shooting in Grand Forks with a fatal crash in East Grand Forks last year.

On Sunday, June 19, around 4:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of South 12th Street for a weapons violation call and found several shell casings in the area.

On Tuesday, June 21, police identified 26-year-old Kyle Emerson Genes as the suspect. Genes was arrested and charged with four counts of reckless endangerment, a Class C felony.

“We are aware of media outlets reporting that this event may have been in retribution for an incident that occurred in East Grand Forks last year. At this time, there is no information corroborating this connection,” the release said.

WDAY News reported that the home belongs to the mother of Valentin Mendoza, who is facing two counts murder for the deaths of 17-year- old Ethan Carsen and 16-year-old Damien Powell on June 17, 2021 in East Grand Forks. Prosecutors contend that Mendoza deliberately crashed his car in June 2021 on Highway 220 about a mile north of East Grand Forks.

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Police said Sunday’s shooting “stems from a domestic related incident and there are no indications that the location was in any way tied to the domestic or the earlier incident in East Grand Forks.”

Anyone with information related to this incident can contact the police department by:

  • Call: 701-787-8000
  • Online: Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website
  • App: Submit a tip via the Tip411 app
Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTS
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