Crime, Law and Justice

2 Hennepin County deputies injured in Minnetonka, ‘armed’ person dies

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Two Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies were injured Wednesday while executing a warrant in Minnetonka.
Kerem Yücel | MPR News

Updated 5:57 p.m.

Two Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies were injured Wednesday while executing a felony arrest warrant in Minnetonka. Both are expected to survive their injuries.

In addition, an “armed” person died in an apparent exchange of gunfire, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department. State investigators say it’s not clear if the person who died was the subject of the warrant or how they were connected to the incident. The investigation continues to confirm cause of death and the identity of the individual.

The incident happened at about 11:15 a.m.

“We know that there’s a risk that we may not make it home to our families,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Dawanna Witt. “And I don’t say that very lightly because I will tell you, I tell my family, I promise my family I will come home to live every day. It’s not a promise that should be broken by any of our first responders.”

One deputy was shot and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other deputy was treated and released on scene. They were not identified, but officials say the two deputies, both men, have eight and 21 years of law enforcement experience.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene and it was considered active but contained as of 2 p.m. The sheriff’s office said there was no threat to the general public at that time. 

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.

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