A requested welfare check on Wednesday evening, Sept. 20 resulted in the apparent self-inflicted shooting death of an Oklee man, the Red Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports.

    A requested welfare check on Wednesday evening, Sept. 20 resulted in the apparent self-inflicted shooting death of an Oklee man, the Red Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports.

    The deceased is identified as Michael Anthony Hamlin, Jr., 25.

    It all began around 6:30 p.m. that evening when a woman contacted the RLCSO and requested a welfare check on her granddaughter at an Oklee residence. The woman reported that her granddaughter was having an argument with her husband and had been communicating with her over the telephone when the call was abruptly disconnected.

    Minutes later, deputies arrived at the residence and found Aryyn Hamlin, 27, standing outside with her two-year-old daughter. Hamlin said she’d been arguing with her husband and he’d grabbed her phone and destroyed it. Aryyn Hamlin reported that her husband, Michael Hamlin, was still in the home, alone. According to the RLCSO, while she was talking to deputies, an apparent single gunshot was heard coming from inside the house. Aryyn Hamlin reported at that time that there were several firearms in the home.

    More law enforcement officers arrived, and attempts to contact Michael Hamlin on his cell phone were unsuccessful. Around 7:30 p.m., RLCSO deputies, with the aid of a robotic camera, entered the house to check on the welfare of Michael Hamlin. Around 20 minutes later, officers found him deceased in an upstairs bedroom from injuries resulting from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A .45-caliber pistol and one empty shell casing were recovered from the scene.

    An autopsy is being conducted.

    The investigation continues.