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Suspect shot by deputy in Moose Lake ID'd

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified a man shot by police Monday, July 29, in Moose Lake.

The suspect, Shawn Michael Olthoff, 34, lives at the Hillside Terrace Mobile Home Park, where the incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. as police were attempting to serve felony warrants.

Police used a “flashbang device” or non-lethal explosive device while entering the home, and at some point thereafter, Carlton County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Warnygora shot Olthoff, the BCA said. No one else was injured during the incident.

Olthoff was taken to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake and then flown to a Duluth hospital.

Warnygora, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 14 years, was placed on standard administrative leave.

There were no weapons recovered at the home, the BCA reported, and there is no body-camera or dashboard-camera video of the incident.

According to the BCA, Monday’s incident stems from a July 26 altercation during which a suspect identified by witnesses as Olthoff pointed a gun at a Carlton County sheriff’s deputy and then fled the scene during an attempted traffic stop.

According to the BCA, Olthoff has a felony conviction for third-degree assault from March 2016 that makes him ineligible to possess a firearm.

Moose Lake is about 43 miles southwest of Duluth.

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