Updated: 8:23 am
Two people were killed and a sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized after an attempt to stop traffic ended in a shooting Saturday night in Wadena County.
Minnesota’s Office of Criminal Learning is investigating the incident, the third fatal police shooting in the state in less than a week.
According to the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation shortly after 8:45 p.m. Saturday on a county road about 7 miles east of Sebeka.
The vehicle stopped after approximately one mile, near the intersection of 205th Street and 270th Avenue. The sheriff’s office gave this account of what happened next:
“There was a fight between the sheriff and the motorist. A second motorist arrived at the scene and shortly after, an officer from the Sebeka Police Department arrived and the fighting continued. Shortly afterwards, at least one of the motorists began shooting. against the officers. One of the officers responded to the fire. All four were hit by gunfire. “
One of the drivers died at the scene; the other later died at Wadena hospital.
The injured aide was taken to the hospital in Park Rapids, then taken to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale with what authorities said were serious but not life-threatening injuries.
The Sebeka police officer was wounded with his bulletproof vest, but did not require medical treatment.
It was not clear from the sheriff’s office statement why the second driver stopped at the scene and if they had attempted to assist the officer or first driver.
Authorities have not released the names of the two people who died or the law enforcement officers involved in the shooting.
Some other details were available early Sunday, although the sheriff’s office said “there is no continuing threat to the public.”
Local and state investigators remained at the scene of the shooting early Sunday morning, and authorities asked people to stay away from the area.
Saturday’s shooting follows the fatal shooting of a man after a lengthy clash with police in Duluth on Friday. That nearly 20-hour standoff began with a domestic assault call and also resulted in the death of a police dog.
And a man was shot and killed by law enforcement officers on Sunday, February 21, near Braham after a carjacking in Blaine and a chase into northern Isanti County. A police dog was injured in the exchange of gunfire.
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