BCA investigates deputy-involved shooting in western MN

The BCA has identified those involved with Friday's officer involved shooting.
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The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that happened Friday morning in western Minnesota.

Following a 50-mile chase, the BCA says a Stevens County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 37-year-old man.

Saturday, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner identified the man as Jay Johannes Holmgren of Evansville.

The sheriff's office identified the deputy involved as Ron Hensinger. He's said to have been with the sheriff's office for three years. Before that, he worked as a University of Minnesota-Morris Police Department officer for five years.

He's currently on standard administrative leave.

What happened

A Stevens County Sheriff’s Office deputy – who was not identified in the news release – responded to a report of someone driving erratically Friday around 7 a.m.

The deputy found the subject's pick-up truck near Donnelly.

According to the news release, the male driver appeared to be "slumped over" in the vehicle. The deputy was able to make contact with the driver and identified Holmgren with his driver's license.

Then Holmgren sped off, starting a chase.

At one point, the man rammed into a Morris Police Department squad car, the BCA reports.

The pursuit went on for about 50 miles. Officials say deputies and police chased Holmgren through Stevens, Grant and Traverse counties at speeds up to 80 mph.

At one point on Highway 27, the man reportedly fired several shots through the back window of his truck at the squad cars behind him.

Law enforcement eventually stopped the vehicle around 8:35 a.m. in Traverse County.

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, officers tried to negotiate with the man for "several minutes." But he ignored officers’ commands.

Eventually, officials say Holmgren got out of his truck with a handgun and fled to a nearby field.

Five officers followed in a vehicle and cut Holmgren off before he could reach a wooded area.

That's when the BCA says Holmgren pointed his handgun at the officers. Deputy Hensinger fired his weapon, striking the man.

Officials say they tried to provide aid at the scene, but Holmgren died before he could be transported to a hospital.

The BCA’s investigation is active and ongoing. Once it's complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Traverse County Attorney’s Office for review.

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