Pursuit ends in apprehension of shooting suspects

A multi-county highway pursuit Tuesday afternoon resulted in the apprehension of two suspects from the July 18 shooting of a Granite Falls man, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The pair was taken into custody after the 45-minute-plus pursuit, which involved the Sheriff’s Office working in conjunction with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and the Marshall Police Department.

Other agencies involved in the pursuit were the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Benton Police Department.

The chase started south of Marshall on Minnesota Highway 23 and continued for several miles through Lincoln and Lyon counties. It ended when a State Trooper used the PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle on Lincoln County Road 137, roughly one-half mile from the South Dakota border, the YMC Sheriff’s Office said.

An incident report from the Minnesota State Patrol said the vehicle, a 1993 Chevrolet GMT-400, rolled into the ditch after law enforcement used the PIT maneuver.

The State Patrol report identified the occupants of the vehicle as Derek M. Hexum, 19, of Gordon, Ga., and Devin D. Hexum, 21, of Balaton. Devin Hexum received non life-threatening injuries in the crash, the State Patrol said.

The two men were treated at the Hendricks hospital and released to the custody of the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff.

The victim of the July 18 shooting, 30-year-old Daniel Lee Scheff, was found early Friday morning lying on Minnesota Highway 23 in Yellow Medicine County, bleeding from apparent gunshot wounds.

About 1 a.m. that day, the Sheriff’s Office said it received a call that a man, covered in blood, was lying on the highway at the intersection with 260th Avenue, south of Granite Falls. When deputies arrived, it appeared the man was bleeding from gunshot wounds, the YMC Sheriff’s Office said. He was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital and brought to Hennepin County Medical Center.