Officers won't be charged in shooting of Cloquet woman


The police officers who shot and wounded an armed Cloquet woman in February will not be charged, the St. Louis County Attorney's Office said Thursday.

St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin found the actions of Hermantown police officer Kristi Hansen and Minnesota State Trooper Andres Gomez were justified when they shot 48-year-old Kristen Johnson on Feb. 12.

The officers had been called to Augustana Lutheran Church in Midway Township on a report of a woman with a gun who was threatening to take her own life.

She was shot after she got out of her vehicle with a 9mm handgun and threatened the officers.

Rubin says the officers were protecting themselves, other officers and Johnson from "apparent death or great bodily harm" when they shot her, adding: "This is a tragic incident for all involved. Thankfully, there was no loss of life."

To read the full report released as part of the investigation, click here.

The Duluth News Tribune notes the investigation is still open, noting charges against Johnson are still possible.

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