Driver killed by police after he dragged officer with his car along I-694


Authorities have identified the driver who was fatally shot by a police officer in Fridley after he pulled away from a traffic stop and dragged the officer with him.

The driver was Sam Matthew Holmes, 31, of New Brighton, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

KARE 11 reports the incident occurred just before 11 p.m. Friday on Interstate 694, where Sgt. William Owens of the Lino Lakes police department carried out a traffic stop.

The DPS said Owens attempted to arrest Holmes for outstanding warrants and suspected driving while impaired, when a struggle broke out.

Owens then attempted to subdue Holmes with a Taser, when Holmes got back into the car and started driving, dragging Owens with him.

It was at this point that Owens shot Holmes, killing him. Owens fell onto the highway as the car continued to move, eventually leaving the road, going through a fence and stopping in a Cub Foods parking lot on the northwest corner of University Avenue and I-694.

FOX 9's Iris Perez reports that Owens was dragged between 20-40 yards by the moving car.

He was treated for injuries at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, and has since been released, the DPS release says.

Owens, who has been a police officer in Lino Lakes for nine years, has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy.

The Star Tribune reports the interstate was closed overnight as law enforcement agencies investigated, and reopened on Saturday morning. According to WCCO, the officer was involved in a multi-agency traffic enforcement detail in the area.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka is conducting the autopsy, and has not yet released information on Holmes' cause of death.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.

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