Homicide in Culver Township ---- Names released

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office News Release

Incident Date:


Incident Time:  12:54AM

Incident location: 9000 Block of Eklund Rd in Culver Township

Cody Wayne Pirila     Age: 31  Brookston, MN 

Skylar Cody Hunter   Age: 31  Brookston, MN 

Jamie Allen Hunter    Age: 51  Moose Lake, MN


Incident Summary: 

At approximately 1:00AM on October 16, 2021, St Louis County 911 received a call from a father asking the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office to check on his son. The adult son lived at an address in rural Culver Township, north of Brookston.

The reporting party  responded to the residence and arrived before deputies. He found a deceased male outside of the residence. Shortly after deputies arrived on scene, they found a second deceased male outside of the residence.

While information was being gathered and additional resources were responding, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper observed a vehicle moving, a few miles away from the scene. The MSP trooper tried to perform a traffic stop.  The driver of the vehicle fled from the trooper and a short pursuit ensued. While the pursuit was underway, the lone male driver was determined to be the homicide suspect.  During the pursuit he called 911 and confessed to the murders, also indicating he wanted to kill himself. 

A Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) was utilized and the vehicle skidded into the ditch near Big Lake Road and Twin Lakes Drive.  

When the vehicle came to rest, the driver shot himself (while within the vehicle). He died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Names will be released once family members have all been notified.  

The Sheriffs Office is not seeking any additional suspects, and there is believed to be no further threat to the public. Anyone with information regarding his investigation is asked to call 911 or the SLC Sheriffs Office Investigative Division at 218-336-4350

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and their Crime Scene Team is assisting the Sheriff’s Office with this investigation. The following agencies also assisted: the Fond du Lac Police Department, the Cloquet Police Department, the Carlton County Sheriffs Office, and the Minnesota State Patrol.


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Authority:  Supervising Deputy Wade Rasch   218-969-2855

Date:    10/16/2021                                                      Time:  08:30AM



Additional Information or Update:

Names released:  

The victims of this incident have been preliminarily identified as Skylar Hunter, age 31, and his father Jamie Hunter, age 51.  The Midwest Medical Examiners Office conducted autopsies on each individual today.    

The deceased suspect is identified as Cody Pirila, age 31.

Cody and Skylar were roommates at the residence on Eklund Rd.


Authority:    Supervising Deputy Wade Rasch            Date:     10/17/21                                                                                              Time:  1700