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Dead suspect ID'd, deputy shot in Brainerd-area shootout

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A 50-year-old Brainerd man is dead and a sheriff's deputy was injured following a shootout with Crow Wing County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday night south of the city, the Brainerd Dispatch reports.

That man has now been identified as Donald Peter Johnson, reports KSTP-TV. The deputy has not been identified, but he has been released from the hospital, the station reports.

The Dispatch says officers arrived at the suspect's home on Sleepy Hollow Road in St. Mathais Township around 1 p.m. after a caller told a 911 dispatcher to "get the cops out here quickly."

When deputies arrived, the suspect -- who was armed with a handgun -- fled the scene, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said.

According to the Dahl, the suspect, whom he described as distraught, was eventually located in a tree stand.

Dahl said man agreed to surrender, put his weapon down and started to come down from the tree, only to change his mind and start climbing up the tree again.

The sheriff said when a K-9 dog went after the suspect, the man turned around and started shooting at deputies. The deputies returned fire, including several non-lethal shots, and the suspect was killed, Dahl said.

Dahl told WCCO-TV that the officers have had dealings with the suspect before.

A Crow Wing County deputy, who was not identified, was shot in the arm in the shootout, and was transported by ambulance to a Brainerd Hospital Wednesday night.

The shootout reportedly took place at about 5:30 p.m.

Dahl told the Dispatch that the officers "did everything they could to try to get the suspect to surrender ... It is a tragic situation."

See WCCO's report below.
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