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2016 story: Man arrested after gunfire at Harbor Bar

Nathan Melstrom

TRENTON ISLAND -- A Hager City man was arrested early Sunday after reports of gunfire at a Trenton Island bar.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies later arrested 31­-year-­old Nathan Melstrom, who was allegedly found in possession of a gun.

Melstrom was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a firearm while intoxicated, carrying a handgun where alcohol is sold and threats to injure or to accuse of a crime.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Matthys said formal charges are expected to be filed in the case this week.

According to Matthys, officers responded at 2:21 a.m. to the Harbor Bar after a bar-goer reported a gunshot.

Witnesses told deputies that Melstrom had been involved in a confrontation in the bar that spilled outside the riverside establishment.

“Witness reports and a description of Melstrom led officers toward (Highway) 63 to locate the alleged gunman,” Matthys said.

Melstrom was found under the nearby High Bridge that connects the island with Red Wing, where he was taken into custody. He was allegedly found in possession of a handgun.

No injuries were believed inflicted as a result of the gunshot, Matthys said. He said investigators were continuing to interview people in reference to the booking charge about threats.

“We are trying to ascertain some of the nuances” surrounding those allegations, Matthys said, noting that authorities are hoping additional witnesses to the incident will come forward.

He said it’s also not clear yet if the gun was pointed at anyone and in what direction the alleged shot was fired. Matthys said investigators are hoping additional interviews and a review of surveillance footage can also help sort out what led to the confrontation.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call investigator Doug Ducklow at 715­-273-­6807.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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