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Two people fatally shot by police in Wadena County, two officers injured

An officer was seriously injured.
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Two people have been killed by police and a deputy was seriously injured after gunfire was exchanged in Wadena County Saturday evening.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Office says one of its deputies is in a serious but non-life-threatening condition after shooting broke out when he attempted a traffic stop.

It is the third and fourth fatal police shooting to happen in the space of a week, coming after the killing of suspects in Isanti County last Sunday, and in Duluth on Friday.

According to the sheriff's office, the deputy tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic offense at 205th Ave. and 280th St. in North Germany Township ay 8:48 p.m., with the driver eventually stopping at 205th Ave and 270th St.

A "struggle ensued" between the deputy and the driver, at which point a second motorist arrived at the scene, followed a short time after by a Sebeka Police Officer.

The struggle continued, with the sheriff's office saying "at least one of the motorists began shooting at the officers," with one of the officers involved returning fire.

All four involved were shot, with one of the suspects shot dying from their injuries at the scene, and the other dying later at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.

The deputy was taken to St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids and then transferred to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.

The Sebeka officer was struck in their vest, and didn't require medical treatment.

It has not been reported what traffic offense the first motorist was committing.

The incident is under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, as is customary in officer-involved shootings.

More details are expected to be released in the coming days. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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