Subject Killed, Another Wounded in Separate Incidents in Minnesota
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News)- The BCA is investigating two separate law enforcement use of force incidents that occurred about two hours apart Northeast Minnesota Tuesday.
Both of the incidents happened in Pine County. One resulted in a subject being critically wounded and the other resulted in the death of the subject.
Officials say Pine County Sheriff’s Deputies were trying to apprehend a wanted felon in Pine City around 2 p.m. At one point during the encounter, deputies fired their service weapons at the subject, who was struck by the gunfire.
Deputies then provided medical treatment until the subject was taken to an area hospital. The BCA says the subject is in critical condition.
The second incident happened around 4 p.m. on I-35. State investigators say the State Patrol was pursuing a vehicle for speeding when it went off the road and into the ditch a few miles south of Sandstone. The BCA says the subject, who was alone in the vehicle, was not responding to law enforcement commands to exit the vehicle.
A Pine County Sheriff’s Deputy broke the vehicle’s windows by firing a less than lethal rounds into it. Law enforcement also deployed a K-9 but still were not getting a response from the driver.
Deputies then approached the vehicle and saw the driver deceased from what authorities say was a gunshot wound to the head. Law enforcement reported recovering a handgun inside of the vehicle. The BCA says no law enforcement members fired their service weapons.
The BCA says law enforcement officers were wearing body cameras in both cases. Investigators are reviewing footage and other facts surrounding the incidents and plan to release more information pending further investigation.