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Brandi Jewett, Forum Communications, Published November 26 2012

Police: Red Lake Falls man shoots himself after forcing way into ex-girlfriend's home

RED LAKE FALLS, Minn. – A Red Lake Falls man is dead after forcing his way into an ex-girlfriend’s home and apparently shooting himself, according to police.

Deputies from the Red Lake County Sheriff’s Office found Kevin Salveson, 53, dead in the home of Heather Altendorf, 38, at about 4 p.m. Saturday in Red Lake Falls.

Altendorf was transported to Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries she sustained when Salveson struck her in the face with the butt of a .308 caliber rifle. She was released the following day.

Salveson went to Altendorf’s home with the intention of killing her and then killing himself, police reported. After being struck with the gun, Altendorf escaped to a neighbor’s home, where she called 911.

Altendorf and Salveson had dated in the past, including living together in Red Lake Falls for a period of time, but had not been actively involved for about a year, police said. Police said a restraining order against Salveson was filed by Altendorf and approved early last week.

Before the shooting, Salveson was staying with friends in Red Lake Falls – approximately three blocks away from Altendorf’s home. Further investigation showed Salveson had fired the gun inside his residence before heading out to confront Altendorf.

Salveson’s body was taken to the University of North Dakota Forensic Pathology Department for an autopsy.


Brandi Jewett writes for the Grand Forks Herald