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Suspects Found Dead After Deputy-Involved Shooting Identified

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The Ramsey County Medical Examiner identified two individuals found dead after a February 24 incident where a Douglas County sheriff's deputy was shot.

Investigators say Katie Ray Christopherson died of a gunshot wound. Her last known permanent address was in Fargo, North Dakota. Devin Blowers died of suicide due to a gunshot wound and his last known address was also Fargo. Investigators at this time believe Blowers shot Christopherson.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident. According to the preliminary investigation, just before 10:00 p.m. on February 24, Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Dustin Alexander responded to the scene of a suspicious vehicle call at 3140 50th Street in Hudson Township. Deputy Alexander obtained identification from Christopherson and Blowers and briefly returned to his squad.

According to the preliminary investigation, when Deputy Alexander returned to the vehicle a second time, Blowers shot the deputy in the chest, striking him in his a bullet-resistant vest. Deputy Alexander returned fire. The suspects fled in their vehicle, but became stuck in the snow about 50-60 yards away. Both then fled on foot.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene. Approximately four hours later, law enforcement located Christopherson and Blowers deceased near an outbuilding on the property. A handgun and a shotgun were located near the deceased.

Deputy Alexander was treated at Douglas County Hospital and released. Alexander has been with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for three years and is a member of the Douglas County SWAT team. He is on standard administrative leave.

ORIGINAL STORY

Authorities said two people are dead and a sheriff's deputy was hurt after an officer-involved shooting on Monday in central Minnesota.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on 50th Ave. in Hudson Township at about 9:00 Monday night on a report of a suspicious vehicle in a driveway.

Investigators say when the deputy arrived, two people were inside the vehicle and one of the occupants fired at the deputy, hitting him in the chest. The officer returned fire, and the suspects drove away.

The vehicle didn't get far and got stuck in the snow, that's when the suspects ran off.  After a search, the two suspects were found dead in the deep snow near an outhouse. Officers found a gun near both of their bodies.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said the deputy involved was wearing a bullet resistant vest and was treated for injuries at the Douglas County Hospital and released.

The names of the officer and two suspects involved have not been released. The incident is under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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