September 8, 2020

Beltrami County Sheriff's Deputies discharged their firearms during a pursuit incident involving the occupants of a vehicle stolen during a carjacking. At least one of the subjects discharged a firearm at the pursuing deputies. No one was injured in incident. Two subjects are in custody. Deputies involved have been placed on standard administrative leave. An investigation is being conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

BELTRAMI COUNTY, MN: On Friday, September 4th, 2020, at approximately 9:24 P.M. the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received information from the Cass County Sheriff's Office that a vehicle had just been taken by force from its owners while at a business in Cass Lake, in Cass County, Minn. It was reported that one of the subjects had or threatened use of a knife during the crime.

At 9:30 P.M. a Beltrami County Deputy Sheriff located the stolen vehicle in Ten Lakes Township of Beltrami County, north of Cass Lake. A pursuit ensued and during the pursuit the occupants of the vehicle began shooting at the pursuing deputy, striking his squad. The deputy was uninjured.

At one point two deputies discharged their firearms and the suspect's vehicle became disabled. The occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without further incident. A handgun was recovered from the stolen vehicle. The Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension was immediately notified and responded to the scene. The BCA is investigating the officer involved shooting. The Cass County Sheriff's Office is investigating the carjacking.

The Deputies involved in the incident are on standard administrative leave.

The Leech Lake and Blackduck police departments assisted the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office during the pursuit.

No other information is available from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. Requests for further information should be directed to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Sheriff Ernie Beitel

Beltrami County Sheriff's Office


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