A criminal complaint filed Friday, Sept. 6, revealed information about events surrounding the Labor Day shooting of a Maple man, although neither he nor the person who shot him was identified.
The complaint against Leah Marie Sommerlot, 37, of Maple, charges her with one felony count of aiding a felon - falsifying information, one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
According to the complaint, the 29-year-old man who was shot was Sommerlot's boyfriend, who was living with her at a residence on Pellman Loop Road, west of County Road F and south of Wisconsin Highway 13 in the town of Maple. Witnesses to the shooting reported to members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office that the man had a pistol at the time of the shooting and was ultimately shot by another person.
When Sommerlot called 911 to report the shooting, her boyfriend could be heard in the background telling her to hang up the phone and get his gun and holster off him, according to the complaint.
A search of the Pellman Loop property turned up three guns — a .45 handgun, 9mm handgun and AR-15 rifle. Sommerlot initially told detectives that the guns were hers. When Det. Mike Miller informed her the guns were all stolen, she admitted her boyfriend brought them with him when he moved in. She also admitted to taking a holster off her boyfriend and hiding the handgun that was in it in the couch prior to the arrival of law enforcement.
According to the complaint, Sommerlot's boyfriend has felony convictions for burglary, intimidation of a witness, delivery of controlled substances and bail jumping in Douglas County. Sommerlot admitted knowing her boyfriend was a felon and was not supposed to possess firearms.
Sommerlot was out on bond for three criminal misdemeanor cases in Douglas County at the time of the shooting. A condition of her bond was that she commit no new crimes.
The man shot Monday was recovering from non-life-threatening wounds at a Duluth hospital this week, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies found one male with multiple gunshot wounds after responding to a call at 3:47 p.m. on Pellman Loop. He was flown by helicopter to a Duluth hospital.
The sheriff's office reported three people were questioned about the incident and released Monday night. Sommerlot was arrested Monday afternoon, according to online jail records.
She made her initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court Monday and remained in the Douglas County Jail on a $4,000 cash bond. Her next court appearance was set for Sept. 11.
Information from the investigation was expected to be turned over to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office Friday, according to the sheriff's office.