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Wahpeton suspect rode with victim from casino before killing, charges say

A criminal complaint alleged Kruger fired 15 shots into Jeremiah Medenwald's vehicle.

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Anthony Kruger is being held at the Richland County Jail in Wahpeton for allegedly shooting and killing Jeremiah Medenwald Jan. 16, 2023, in Wahpeton.
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WAHPETON, N.D. — A Breckenridge, Minnesota, man has formally been charged in connection to last week’s shooting in Wahpeton.

Anthony Eugene Kruger, 33, appeared Monday, Jan. 23, in Richland County District Court on felony charges of murder, possession of meth with intent to deliver or manufacture and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

Court documents filed Monday detailed some of the events of the shooting that killed 40-year-old Jeremiah Jeffrey Medenwald of Hankinson, North Dakota. Police responded around 7 p.m. Jan. 16 to a report of shots fired near the Stern Sports Arena at 1026 11th St. N.

That’s where authorities found Medenwald in the driver's side of a vehicle, court documents said. He died at a Breckenridge hospital after being shot several times, according to police.

An investigation revealed Medenwald was driving the vehicle when it was shot 15 times, the complaint said. One bullet hit Medenwald in the back, the complaint said.

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Video showed Medenwald was at the Dakota Magic Casino south of Hankinson at the North Dakota-South Dakota border before driving to Wahpeton with an individual later identified as Kruger, the complaint said. Police said Kruger’s phone pinged near the location of the shooting around the time the shots were fired, according to court documents.

A person who entered the car prior to the shooting described clothes the shooter was wearing, which matched ones Kruger was seen wearing at the casino, the complaint said.

Kruger was arrested Friday afternoon in the 1300 block of Third Avenue North in Wahpeton, according to a news release. Law enforcement said they found 3 grams of suspected meth in his possession when he was taken into custody, the complaint said.

He’s being held at the Richland County Jail on a $1 million bond and has not been assigned an attorney.

Chief Matthew Anderson declined to comment on what weapon was used in the shooting or whether it has been recovered.

Police alleged Kruger sold a .22 caliber pistol to someone in Wahpeton on Jan. 5 for $100. Kruger was not supposed to have the weapon since he was convicted in May of a first-degree drug dealing charge in Becker County, Minnesota.

That case said he sold 21.26 grams of meth in Detroit Lakes in February 2020.

Kruger has other drug-related charges on his record, including in 2012 when he pleaded guilty to several counts of manufacturing, delivering or possessing drugs with intent in Richland County.

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Medenwalk also had several drug possession convictions on his North Dakota record.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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