A statement from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office
At approximately 12:52 a.m. today (Aug. 7), deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12000 block of 72nd Court NE in the City of Otsego. Reports indicated a man was having mental health challenges and had threatened physical harm to his family and himself.
Upon arrival, law enforcement staff spoke with the man, who agreed to go to the hospital for an evaluation. While awaiting the arrival of the ambulance, the man ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife. He fled the home and ran into the neighborhood. Squads set up a perimeter and requested additional support from the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter.
A short time later, the man confronted deputies in a neighboring backyard. Two deputies attempted to TASE the subject but it was not successful. While in close proximity to the deputies, he physically threatened them with the knife. Two deputies discharged their firearms, striking the subject.
Law enforcement personnel immediately attempted life saving measures until paramedics arrived. The subject was transported to North Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later.
Deputies involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave. This is standard operating procedure in an officer involved shooting.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been called in to investigate this incident. Please direct any inquiries to them.