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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to take medical leave

It comes shortly after his office successfully prosecuted former police officer Mohamed Noor.
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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is taking medical leave to deal with health issues.

The surprise announcement was made Friday afternoon, with Freeman saying the decision follows a visit with his doctor.

"After my physical on Wednesday, my doctor and others have suggested that I need some time away from the high stress of running the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in order to restore my physical well-being," he said, via a Hennepin County spokesman.

"I fully expect to return stronger and sharper and able to guide this office in its mission to protect the public safety and provide justice."

Freeman's medical leave comes a short time after his office successfully prosecuted Mohamed Noor, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of 3rd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Justine Damond.

Noor became the first Minnesota police officer to be convicted of murder for a shooting that happened on-duty.

During Freeman's absence, his chief deputies David Brown and Lolita Ulloa will assume leadership responsibilities in the office.

Freeman, 70, has had two stints as Hennepin County Attorney, the first between 1991 and 1999, before being elected again in 2006 after Amy Klobuchar vacated her seat to run for the U.S. Senate.

Before becoming county attorney, Freeman was a member of the Minnesota Senate.

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