The Becker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an individual who had been shot in a vehicle June 25, at approximately 6:38 p.m. The incident occurred in the village of Pine Point in Becker County. Upon the arrival of deputies, a male was found. deceased at the scene. A gray Pontiac G6, bearing White Earth license, 22079, was seen leaving the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

The victim was identified as David Wayne Hanks, Jr., 35, of Park Rapids. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Michael Dwayne Croud, 40, of Ogema, for 2nd Degree Murder- with intent. Croud has been identified as a suspect in this case. 

Anyone who has information related to this incident, or who may know the location of Croud, should contact the Becker County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 218-847-2661. 

A further statement was released from the office of Sheriff Todd Glander, per Minnesota Statute 609.495, “Anyone who is discovered to have harbored or aided Croud will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

This incident remains under investigation. 

The White Earth Police Department, Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, White Earth Conservation, Paul Bunyan Task Force, West Central Task Force, Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, and MN BCA are assisting the Becker County Sheriff’s Office with this investigation.