Murder Charges for Carlton County Shooting Suspect

Montano Allegedly Shot and Killed his Uncle

PROGRESS TOWNSHIP, Minn. – James Montano, 32, of Bayfield, Wisconsin, has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and second degree assault after a shooting Friday night in Progress Township, which is part of Carlton County.

Montano is accused of shooting and killing his uncle, Andrew Gokee, 57, of Wisconsin Rapids, in the head at Gokee’s brother’s home at 4020 Kari Road.

Montano was located by police in the woods not far from the home with a gunshot wound to the chest. According to the criminal complaint, Montano was shot in self defense by Gokee’s son, Hudson Gauther, who authorities say was grazed by gunfire from Montano.

Montano was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth for non-life threatening injuries and later taken into custody.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 7, and bail has been set at $500,000.

A Go Fund Me has been set up by the family to help cover medical expenses and funeral costs for Gokee, who was a retired director of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Native American Center.

We’ll have more on this story on FOX 21 News at 5:30 and 9 p.m.

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