Injured deputy in Crow Wing shootout identified

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Authorities have identified the officers involved in the shootout that left a deputy injured and a man dead earlier this week in Crow Wing County.

WCCO-TV reports Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said deputy Scott Goddard received a gunshot wound to the shoulder during the shootout. Both Goddard and fellow deputy Adam Kronstedt, who was also involved in the confrontation, remain on administrative leave.

The dead suspect is Donald Peter Johnson, 50, of Brainerd.

As BringMeTheNews reported earlier, officers arrived at the suspect's home on Sleepy Hollow Road in St. Mathais Township around 1 p.m. after a caller told a 911 dispatcher to "get the cops out here quickly."

When deputies arrived, the suspect -- who was armed with a handgun -- fled the scene, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said.

According to the Dahl, the suspect, whom he described as distraught, was eventually located in a tree stand.

Dahl said man agreed to surrender, put his weapon down and started to come down from the tree, only to change his mind and start climbing up the tree again.

The sheriff said when a K-9 dog went after the suspect, the man turned around and started shooting at deputies. The deputies returned fire, including several non-lethal shots, and the suspect was killed, Dahl said.

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