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Authorities ID officers involved in Sauk Centre arrow shooting

The suspect was shot several times in response to the arrow attack.

Authorities have released more details about the people involved in a standoff in Sauk Centre on Thursday that saw a police officer show with an arrow.

A 31-year-old man from Alexandria was taken into custody and is expected to be charged on Monday following the incident, in which he fired an arrow from a compound bow he found inside a house to which he'd fled from police.

Stearns County deputy Paul Orvis was struck by the arrow in his arm, with two of his fellow police officers opening fire at the suspect, striking him in the shoulder, buttocks and hand.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Saturday revealed the names of the officers who shot their guns during the exchange.

They are: 

  • Officer Patrick Nechanicky, a 12-year veteran of the Melrose Police Department.
  • Trooper Anthony Butler, a 9-year veteran of the Minnesota State Patrol.

The BCA revealed as well that Sergeant Joseph Jensen, who has been with the Sauk Centre Police Department for 12 years, discharged his Taser in the exchange.

Both Trooper Butler and Officer Nechanicky are on standard administrative leave, as is customary in an officer-involved shooting.

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The suspect was released from the hospital on Saturday and booked into the Stearns County Jail on probable cause felony assault.

The BCA says that officers at the scene weren't wearing body cameras, now was the incident captured on dashcam from squad cars.

The fired arrow went through Orvis' left forearm. He had surgery to remove the arrow and treat a possible broken arm.

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