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Woman shot in Sawyer County dies; additional charges possible against suspect

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Duluth Minnesota 424 W. First St. 55802

A woman who had been in critical condition after being shot in the head Jan. 18 in Wisconsin has died, which could change the charges against the man accused of shooting her, police said Tuesday.

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The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office said Claudia Bunny died at 2:15 a.m. Saturday. An autopsy has been performed and the case is still under investigation.

Last week, the sheriff's office said Bunny's boyfriend was involved in the shooting.

Police said the shooting was reported to 911 shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Town of Round Lake.

According to the sheriff's office, Kerry Stevenson, 52, of Winnifield, La., walked into Ray Jay's Restaurant screaming and with blood on his clothing.

Restaurant staff said they had seen Stevenson in the restaurant earlier in the evening with Bunny, a 48-year-old woman from Tonawanda, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo. Because the woman wasn't with him at the time, staff became concerned and called 911. Sawyer County deputies and emergency medical services responded and a helicopter ambulance was dispatched.

According to officers, Stevenson told them he had discharged a handgun in or near his truck and that his girlfriend was shot at Treeland's Resort off County Highway B.

Bunny was later found and transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to her head.

Stevenson was taken into custody at the restaurant and is being held at the Sawyer County Jail on a court-ordered $1 million cash bond. He was formally charged with reckless injury with a handgun and felony possession of a firearm. The sheriff's office said those charges could be changed to homicide and intoxicated use of a firearm.

The Buffalo News reported this week that Bunny had moved to Wisconsin in August.

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