Man shot dead by law enforcement in Wright County, Minnesota

After TASE deputies’ attempt on the man failed, they shot him dead when he began threatening them with a knife, according to the sheriff’s office.

OTSEGO, Minn. — A Wright County Sheriff’s Office deputy fatally shot a 22-year-old man early Sunday morning in Otsego, according to the sheriff’s office.

According to a press release from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 12000 block of Otsego 72nd Court just before 1 a.m. Sunday, where it was reported that a “man had health issues mental health and threatened to physically harm his family”. and himself.”

When law enforcement arrived, they spoke to the man and he agreed to go for an evaluation at a hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. As they waited for an ambulance to arrive and take him to hospital, officials said he ran inside the house, got into the kitchen and grabbed a knife.

The man then ran out of the house and into the surrounding neighborhood, prompting law enforcement to form a perimeter around the neighborhood and request the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, the office said. of the sheriff.

Deputies quickly found the man in a nearby backyard and tried to TASE him, but it didn’t work, according to the sheriff’s office. When he approached the deputies, he threatened the officers with the knife and two deputies shot him.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement took lifesaving action until EMS crews arrived. The man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to North Memorial Hospital where he later died.

A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said she witnessed the shooting. She said she heard deputies shout, “taser” followed by the sound of tasers being deployed. She then heard deputies telling her to drop the knife followed by the sound of several gunshots. When she approached the scene, she saw a deputy trying to resuscitate the man.

Due to standard procedure for a shooting involving an officer, the deputies who shot the man have been placed on administrative leave, officials said. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will now investigate the fatal shooting.

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