Woman hospitalized after being shot- *****UPDATED*****UPDATED*****

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office News Release

Incident Date:


Incident Time: 

04:26 PM

Incident location: 

Morcom Township, west of Cook, MN

INDIVIDUAL(S) INVOLVED: (Refer to News Media Policy-Rules III A. I Thru 4: Procedures B.1, A thru J & 1; 2b; 3b; g & h; 4a, b, & c)

Name: Victim - Adult female

Name: Suspect - Juvenile 


Age: 40



Address: Cook, MN

Address: Cook MN


Incident Summary: 

On January 16, 2022, at approximately 1626 hours, St. Louis County 911 received a call regrading a female who was en-route to the Cook Hospital with a gunshot wound. The suspect was reported to be a female juvenile family member who was last seen at the residence where the shooting was reported to have taken place. As law enforcement were en-route to the address it was learned that the suspect had access to a vehicle.

Deputies located a vehicle matching the description that the suspect had access to, stuck in a ditch, approximately 2 miles north of the address where the shooting was reported to have occurred. Deputies also observed another vehicle near the suspect vehicle, which contained three occupants. Deputies were able to detain the three individuals and subsequently positively identify one of them as the shooting suspect.

Deputies learned that the other two individuals were mother and daughter good Samaritan who lived in the area had been summoned by the suspect for help. The good Samaritan’s were questioned and released by law enforcement after determining they had no knowledge of the shooting incident.

The suspect was transported to St. Louis County Courthouse in Hibbing for additional processing.

The victim, who was learned to be the suspects mother, was transported to a Duluth area hospital for additional medical treatment and is believed to be in stable condition.

This incident is currently actively being investigated by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office.

This shooting is believed to be an isolated incident and no additional suspects are being sought by law enforcement nor is public believed to be in any danger.

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Authority: Sgt. Eric Hanegmon 

                   Date:   01-16-22     Time: 9:28 PM

Additional Information or Update: 

UPDATED AS OF 10:00 A.M./01-18-2022: The victim is being identified as Stephanie L. Straw age 40 of rural Cook, MN. The suspect, who is the daughter of Straw, is being held at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center in Duluth pending formal charges by the St. Louis County Attorney's Office in Hibbing, MN.  The press release will be updated once formal charges are filed in Hibbing District Court. Straw's current medical status is unknown, but she was in stable condition when she was transported by ambulance to a Duluth hospital. Again, this was an isolated incident that occurred within the family home on the 9200 block of Range Line Rd. in Morcom Township and there is no threat to public safety related to this incident. The investigation is on-going by the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office in Hibbing. 

UPDATED AS OF 12:00 P.M./01-18-2022: The suspect is being identified as 16 year old Charlize R. Bjorhus of rural Cook, MN.  Bjorhus has been formally charged in St. Louis County Juvenile District Court in Hibbing, MN with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree.  Bjorhus is scheduled to appear in court today on the charges. 


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Authority:    Sergeant Robert Tarr     Date:   01-18-22       Time: 12:00 P.M.