Red Lake man indicted for 1st-degree murder in shooting of tribal police officer

Red Lake Police Officer Ryan Bialke (center) was shot and killed on Tuesday.  (FOX 9)

A federal grand jury has indicted a Red Lake man for murder in the killing of a police officer on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in July. 

The Department of Justice announced on Thursday the 11-count indictment for David Donnell Jr., who shot and killed Red Lake Tribal Police Department Officer Ryan Bialke while officers were responding to a welfare check for an armed man at Donnell’s residence. 

Court documents say on July 27 officers from the Red Lake Tribal Police Department responded to a call at Donnell’s home in Redby. When Bialke and fellow officers arrived at the home, they found Donnell standing outside his house. When officers asked Donnell to walk towards them, he went inside the home instead. 

The documents go on to say the officers decided to breach the door because Donnell had an active warrant for failing to comply. It was when the door was breached that Donnell began firing at the officers, hitting and killing Bialke.

Donnell then fled into the woods armed with a rifle, before being taken into custody at a nearby home.

The U.S. Attorney's Office initially charged Donnell with second-degree murder and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. He is now charged with one count of first-degree murder, four counts of assault with intent to commit murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of discharging, carrying, and using a firearm during and in relation to crime of violence, and one count of possessing firearms as an unlawful controlled substance user.