BCA investigating after deputy shoots, wounds man near Granite Falls

Updated: Sept. 28, 6:17 a.m. | Posted: Sept. 27, 8:58 p.m.

A man was shot by a sheriff’s deputy in western Minnesota on Wednesday evening after authorities said the man attempted to flee from arrest.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office said the man was armed, and a “wanted Minnesota Department of Corrections fugitive.” The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating, and said the man is expected to survive.

A press release issued Wednesday evening on Facebook by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office said officers — working as part of a multi-county drug task force — attempted to apprehend the man near the city of Granite Falls. The suspect reportedly ran from his vehicle and into the Granite Falls City Cemetery, northeast of the city.

“The man was armed and refused to follow commands. During the apprehension, a member of the task force shot the man,” the sheriff’s office reported. Authorities did not provide further information on what prompted the officer to fire. The BCA identified the officer who fired as a sheriff’s deputy.

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The man was treated at the scene and transported to a Twin Cities hospital. The release from Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office said the man was reported to be in stable condition.

The BCA was reported to be at the scene last Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office said the law enforcement officers involved in the incident were part of the CEE-VI Drug Task Force, which includes agencies in Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.

Earlier this year, an officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire when members of that task force attempted to serve a warrant at a home in Granite Falls.

This is a developing story. We will publish more details here on MPRnews.org as we can verify them.