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Authorities ID man killed in rural Pope County

ST. PAUL – The man killed in a shooting last Wednesday night in Gilchrist Township in Pope County has been identified as 25-year-old Anthony Ray Tullis.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County found that he died of a gunshot wound, according to a news release from the state Department of Public Safety.

The news release states that a woman who lived at the same home, Ivy Winter Reutzel-Morrell, told  investigators that she shot Tullis when she gained control of his rifle after he had been assaulting her for five hours and threatening to kill her.

Around 11:24 p.m. Wednesday, Pope County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call of a shooting at the home at 28809 208th Ave. in rural Glenwood. They found Reutzel-Morrell outside of the home and Tullis deceased inside of the home. Reutzel-Morrell told investigators that she shot Tullis.

According to the preliminary investigation, Tullis forced Reutzel-Morrell into a bedroom in the home and repeatedly assaulted her over five hours, during which time he allegedly made several threats to her life. Reutzel-Morrell told investigators that at one point she gained control of his rifle and shot Tullis.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the circumstances surrounding Tullis’ death.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office is awaiting toxicology test results as well.

Reutzel-Morrell is not in custody. When the investigation is complete, the BCA and Pope County Sheriff’s Office will present their findings to the Pope County Attorney’s Office for review, the news release states.

Susan Lunneborg
Susan Lunneborg is news editor of the West Central Tribune. She joined the staff in Willmar in 1999 and has been a newspaper journalist for more than 20 years. She can be reached directly at the email linked here, but for the most timely response, please send news releases to the Tribune's general news email:
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