Two men charged in Apple Valley shooting that left a woman dead

Both Selmon and Pryor remain in custody on $500,000 bail each.

Billy Joe Pryor, Jr., left, and Willie John Selmon II (Dakota County Jail)

A woman was shot and killed July 10 in Apple Valley after being caught in the middle of a gunfight between her son and her ex-boyfriend.

The two men have now been charged in relation to the incident, but neither has been charged in connection to the death of 49-year-old Michelle McGill who suffered ten gunshot wounds.

Dakota County charges say Willie John Selmon II, 39, and Billy Joe Pryor, Jr., 25, both of Apple Valley, exchanged gunfire with each other and both were also shot and injured in the melee.

Charges say Selmon and McGill had recently separated following a long-term relationship. Selmon pulled up to the residence he and McGill previously shared to retrieve property and encountered McGill and Pryor, who is McGill’s son, each in their respective vehicles in the driveway.

Selmon parked behind McGill’s vehicle and walked to the garage to retrieve belongings and returned to his vehicle. Pryor backed up his vehicle next to the passenger side of Selmon’s vehicle and made a statement to Selmon about having a gun.

Pryor then fired shots at Selmon, hitting him in the face. Selmon exited his vehicle and ran to the front of McGill’s vehicle, believing Pryor wouldn’t continue to fire shots with his mother, McGill, in between.

Pryor exited his vehicle and the two began shooting at each other. McGill remained seated in her vehicle and was fatally shot.

Police arrived on scene and found McGill deceased. An earlier statement by Apple Valley police said McGill also had a gun in her hand when police found her.

Pryor suffered two gunshot wounds that were determined to be non-life threatening. Selmon received at least two gunshot wounds to his head and one bullet was lodged in his jaw, requiring surgery.

Pryor has been charged with felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon involving substantial bodily harm and possession of a pistol without a permit.

Selmon has also been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon involving substantial bodily harm and reckless discharge of a firearm, both felonies.

Neither Selmon nor Pryor has a permit to carry a firearm. Pryor has a 2021 gross misdemeanor conviction for carrying a firearm without a permit. However, he was ordered no time to serve and was placed on probation to the court for two years by Hennepin County Judge Edward Thomas Wahl.

Both Selmon and Pryor remain in custody on $500,000 bail each. Selmon is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Aug. 24 and Pryor on July 27.

Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena said in a press release regarding the charges that the case continues to be investigated and “additional charges will be filed related to the murder of Ms. McGill once the investigation is completed.”

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