Authorities ID Man Killed by Deputies Near Brainerd
Scene of the shooting in Crow Wing County.
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Authorities have identified a man who shot a Crow Wing County Sheriff's deputy in the arm, and was fatally shot by officers.
Donald Peter Johnson, 50, was killed by deputies Wednesday after he began firing shots at authorities from a tree stand in the woods in St. Mathias Township, the sheriff's office reported Thursday, Aug. 15. Deputies responded to the area when a man called 911 asking for emergency services to be sent to a home along Sleepy Hollow Road.
The caller was unclear why he needed emergency services. Authorities were called to the area just south of Brainerd near Crow Wing Lake.
No one answered the door at the home when deputies arrived. Deputies then heard a single gunshot from the woods, south of the home, the sheriff's office reported.
Johnson was found in a tree stand, armed and threatening to shoot officers at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. Authorities deployed more resources and began negotiations, including non-deadly gas to get him down.
After several hours, Johnson began leaving the stand and appeared to want to surrender, according to the sheriff's office.
That's when Johnson retreated back to the tree stand and started shooting at officers, wounding a deputy. The deputy, who has not been identified, was taken to Essential Medical Center.
He's since been released, according to authorities.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is performing an autopsy on Johnson.
Two deputies, who fired their weapons, will be placed on administrative leave.
The sheriff's office, the Baxter and Brainerd police departments, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and paramedics responded to the scene.
Investigation by the sheriff's office and BCA is ongoing.