Police shot an armed man who fled a home in St. Cloud through a broken back window.
Stearns County deputies and St. Cloud police officers were investigating a possible domestic assault at a home on Northwood Lane in St. Cloud just before midnight Monday, a news release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) says.
When they knocked on the door, an armed man – who was the suspect in the assault – broke out a window at the back of the home and fled, an updated news release from the BCA notes.
The BCA's preliminary investigation says the suspect "then fired several shots" and ran around the house, where he encountered a officer.
The officer – identified as Sgt. Nathan Stewart of the Stearns County Sheriff's Office – fired his weapon, hitting the suspect twice in the leg, the release says.
Two St. Cloud police officers also used their Tasers and a K9 was deployed to get the suspect to comply with the officers' orders.
The suspect was then transported to the hospital, where he's being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The BCA says the suspect – a 37-year-old man from Willmar – has been staying at the home where the officer-involved shooting happened.
A handgun was found at the scene, the BCA added.
Sgt. Stewart – a 14-year veteran – and the four St. Cloud officers who were at the scene are on administrative leave, which is standard in incidents like this. The other officers involved haven't been identified.
The officers involved were not wearing body cameras, and investigators are still working to determine if squad car cameras captured the incident.
When the BCA is done investigating the shooting, it'll hand the case over to the county attorney, who will review it and consider whether charges should be filed.
The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating the domestic assault report.
Officer-involved shootings in Minnesota
In 2016, there were 34 incidents in which a Minnesota police officer fired their weapon, the most recent Minnesota Uniform Crime Report says. Eight were accidental discharges.
Last year, police fired 87 shots in those 34 incidents. It resulted in 13 people being killed and six people getting hurt by gunfire.
Six others were injured, but by something that wasn't a gun, the report says.
Of the 87 shots, 20 of them came during a traffic stop or pursuit, which is the second most common way an officer discharged their weapon.
Responding to a disturbance call was the most common, accounting for 29 of the shots fired last year.
It's not very common for an officer to fire their service weapon. A Pew Research study found only about 27 percent of all officers say they've ever fired their gun while on the job.
But the public believes a lot more have, with 83 percent estimating the typical officer has shot their gun at least once while working.
Domestic violence calls
Domestic violence calls are said to be the most dangerous type of call police officers go on, a National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund report shows.
That report found that of the 91 officers who were killed in the line of duty from 2010-2014, 22 percent of them were responding to a "domestic dispute" call – the highest of any type of call.
Why are they so dangerous? Michael LaRiviere, a 27-year veteran of the Salem, Massachusetts, Police Department, told The Trace last year that it's because these types of calls have "so many moving parts," unlike something like a shoplifting report, which is usually pretty standard.
You can read more about what LaRiviere had to say here.