The Cloquet Police Department provided an update today on the investigation into the tragic shooting incident at the Super 8 Motel back in January that left 3 people dead.

Was There a Connection Between Shooter and Victims?

The investigation included interviews, analysis of the suspect's electronic devices, and toxicology reports. While no prior connection between the suspect and the victims was found, the toxicology report did reveal the presence of methamphetamine in the suspect's system.

Additionally, interviews with the suspect's coworkers suggested he might have been experiencing a mental health episode at the time of the incident. During some of those interviews, officers discovered that the suspect had chatted to a coworker and referenced dealing with "monsters."

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What Will Happen Next?

The Cloquet Police Department will forward the final investigation reports to the Carlton County Attorney's Office for review.

The department has remained in contact with the victims' families throughout the investigation and continues to offer heartfelt condolences to everyone impacted by this tragedy.

Police were called to the Super 8 hotel on January 9th after an employee called to report that a co-worker was attacked, when police arrived they found 22-year-old Shellby Marie Trettel of Cloquet with a gun shot wound, she was transported to the hospital where she passed away.

As police investigated the scene, they found 35-year-old Patrick Jeffrey Roers of Deer River shot dead inside a vehicle in the hotel parking lot, and they found the 32-year-old male shooter dead on the hotel property with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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