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Two sheriff's deputies shoot suspect in Dover

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DOVER, Minn. (KTTC) - A suspect involved in a domestic disturbance is in the hospital after being shot by two Olmsted Co. sheriff's deputies.

It all started Monday around 1:45 a.m. in Winona County when deputies responded to a domestic disturbance. The suspect fled the scene and was believed to be headed for Olmsted County.

A 911 call came in to Olmsted County dispatch at 2:24 a.m., and sheriff's deputies responded to a camper in Dover near 6th Street and 6th Court SE.  The suspect was found hiding underneath the camper.

Sheriff Dave Mueller says the suspect initially ignored commands, then emerged and charged at the deputies. One deputy fired a less-lethal round and hit the suspect, and when that didn't stop him, a second less-lethal round was fired at what is described as "very close range" and knocked the man to the ground. 

"A less-lethal round is actually a shotgun projectile," said Sheriff Mueller.  "And what it ends up being is something that is attempting to be able to stop someone instead of something that would actually kill someone. This is intended to stop them."

Mayo One responded to the scene around 3:15 a.m. and flew the suspect to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.  His condition is not known at this time.

Officials are not releasing the suspect's name at this time, but say he is a 27-year-old Winona County resident. 

The two Olmsted County sheriff's deputies who fired their weapons are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure following such an incident.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is on the scene investigating the shooting.


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