UPDATED 05.31.2018

The suspects in a Dunn County shooting incident are now in custody. Their vehicle was spotted just before 10 yesterday morning by a Barron County Sheriff’s Deputy near the Dollar General in Rice Lake. A female exited the vehicle and entered the store and the male stayed in the car.

A perimeter was being set up when the male took off in the car and a chase ensued on Sawyer St in Rice Lake and went about 1.5 miles out of the city when the driver turned around and came back into the city. The vehicle came to a stop back in the Dollar General parking lot where the male was taken into custody.

The female had exited the store also and was taken into custody. The male was identified as Shawn Goplen from Red Wing, MN and the female was identified as Kari Blank from Ellsworth, WI. Both were transported to the Dunn County Jail.


Authorities are searching for two suspects in a Dunn County shooting.  The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department says a male victim was shot in the 59-hundred block of County Road D in the Town of Tainter and now, officials say 34-year-old Shawn Goplen and 36-year-old Kari Blank are wanted in connection with the shooting.  The victim is in the hospital, but hasn’t been identified.

Have information or know something? Goplen and Blank should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone sees either individual, they should call 911 or their local Law Enforcement Agency. Do not approach either individual. Anyone who has any knowledge of the whereabouts of the Goplen or Blank or the circumstances involved in the shooting are asked to contact the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office at 715-232-1348 or to remain anonymous contact Dunn County Crime Stoppers at dunncocrimestoppers.com.


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