Officer-involved shooting closes school near Alexandria

Source: MGN

KENSINGTON, Minn. (KARE)- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is conducting an independent investigation after an altercation and officer-involved shooting left a suspect and two deputies injured.

Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolberson says the incident happened shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday near West Central Area South Elementary School in the town of Kensington. Three Douglas County deputies and one from Grant County were dispatched to the scene and became involved in an altercation that ended with one of the Douglas County deputies firing his weapon.

The street in front of the school was closed as BCA agents processed the scene, so the decision was made to cancel classes for the day. Sheriff Wolberson emphasizes that the shooting is not connected with the school, students or staff in any way.

The suspect is hospitalized in St. Cloud after undergoing surgery to treat his wounds. The sheriff did not say whether those injuries are thought to be life-threatening. Two Douglas County deputies injured in the fight were treated and released.

The community of Kensington is 20 miles from Alexandria.