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Minnesota deputy out of hospital; 2 in custody after shooting

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The northwest Minnesota deputy who was shot in Norman County Tuesday morning has been released from a Fargo Hospital, Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials say.

The deputy had stopped a black Dodge pickup truck at 8:30 a.m. about 23 miles north of Moorhead, at the intersection of County Road 39 and County Road 12, state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension officers say.

In the pickup were two brothers, 18 and 19 years old.

The deputy was in the process of taking the 18-year-old into custody on an outstanding warrant from Pennington County when his 19-year-old brother shot the deputy in the back, investigators say.

The deputy, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, returned fire but did not hit either man. The deputy was taken by ambulance to a hospital, and was treated and released.

The two brothers fled the scene and more than 70 officers flooded into the area as part of a manhunt, which ended about two hours later. The 19-year-old shooting suspect was found on a vacant farmstead about three miles north of the shooting site and was taken into custody. Officers had swarmed to the scene and the 19-year-old gave himself up without further incident, Fargo Forum reports.

The man was still armed but surrendered, WDAY reported.

"Obviously we knew he had a gun, so our deputies had their guns out, but he just came out and gave up. We're happy we were able to bring them both into custody in a very short period of time." Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said.

The 18-year-old brother was also arrested and was being transferred to Pennington County, where the warrant for his arrest stemmed from failing to appear for court on misdemeanor charges of theft, damage to property and using a driver’s license to give a false name to a police officer, Forum reported.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continues to investigate and charges are pending from the Norman County Attorney’s Office.

The deputy is on paid administrative leave, which is standard.

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