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Woman, man dead after shooting officer in Alexandria

Published 11:20am Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Authorities released more information Tuesday afternoon regarding the suspects and deputy involved in a shooting Monday night southeast of Alexandria, according to a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy involved is a three-year veteran with Douglas County and also has previous law enforcement experience. The deputy has been placed on standard administrative leave during the investigation.

The suspects have tentatively been identified as a 29-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, both from North Dakota. They were taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. Their names will be released after positive identification by the medical examiner.

The deputy responded at 9:17 p.m. Monday to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a driveway just off 50th Avenue in Hudson Township. When the deputy made contact with the two people inside the suspicious vehicle, one of the occupants fired a gun at the deputy, hitting him in the chest. The deputy returned fire, and the suspects fled in a small, four-door sedan but got stuck in the snow almost immediately.

The occupants then fled on foot and fired additional shots. A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter responded to the scene and used an infrared imaging device to find the suspects in a wooded area about 200 yards from their vehicle.

Deputies approached the suspects and found them both dead. Two firearms were recovered with the suspects.

The deputy involved in the shooting was wearing a bullet resistant vest. He was treated at Douglas County Hospital, was released and is recuperating at home.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the ongoing investigation.

The Alexandria Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, BCA and numerous area law enforcement agencies assisted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in the case.

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