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Man killed by sheriff's deputy after he repeatedly punched her in the head, officials say

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A man who was fatally shot by a Kanabec County sheriff's deputy Wednesday night had repeatedly punched the deputy in the head, the preliminary investigation shows.

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A Kanabec County sheriff's deputy responded to the 500 block of Watkins Street in Mora, Minnesota, around 9 p.m. after officials got a 911 call from a man who said he intended to kill someone at the home, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release Thursday.

The deputy arrived at the home, and soon after the suspect drove up at a high rate of speed and crashed into a tree on the front lawn.

The preliminary investigation shows the suspect charged at the deputy, who drew her weapon and ordered the man to the ground. He ignored orders and attacked the deputy, repeatedly punching her in the head, the release says.

The deputy fired her weapon, hitting and killing the suspect.

The deputy was treated for minor injuries, the Kanabec County Times says.

The incident is under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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