A man was shot by law enforcement in rural Frazee Saturday evening, July 20, after they responded to a Burlington Township home for a welfare check.
The name of the man has not yet been released. He was taken by ambulance to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes and then airlifted to Essentia Hospital in Fargo for continued treatment, according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy was also injured in the incident, and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes and released, according to a news release. The deputy’s name has not yet been released.
Law enforcement responded to a 911 call around 10 p.m. requesting a welfare check on a possible suicidal male at a residence on County Highway 29 just north of Frazee, according to a news release.
As a result of the subject's ongoing conversations with Becker County 911 personnel, responding officers learned that the man was threatening to injure himself, and may have attempted a drug overdose.
The man would not follow law enforcement commands to exit the home. After approximately 45 minutes, law enforcement entered the home, according to the release. At one point during the encounter that followed, deputies discharged tasers and a firearm, injuring the man.
The name of the law enforcement officer who shot the man has not yet been released. Standard procedures after any officer-involved shooting are being followed, Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander told the Tribune Monday morning.
The Becker County Sheriff's Office has asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate, according to the release. The BCA will determine whether a body camera or squad cameras captured the incident. Becker County deputies do not yet have body cameras, but the cameras are worn by Frazee police officers.
In addition to the Becker County Sheriff's Office, officers with the Frazee and Detroit Lakes police departments, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were at the scene. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.
No additional information will be available from the sheriff’s office, Glander said. Further information will be provided by the BCA as its investigation progresses.