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Woodbury Officer Fires Gun at Suspect's Tires, Shooting Under Review

Updated: 01/23/2014 4:56 PM
Created: 01/23/2014 3:15 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

Police are investigating after a Woodbury officer fired his gun during a burglary investigation.

According to Woodbury Police, officers and detectives were investigating a burglary suspect around 4 p.m. in Woodbury on Wednesday. Before officers made contact with the suspect, he left the area, leading police on a chase. 

According to police, the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Noah Erickson of North St. Paul, was driving erratically. He caused property damage and an accident at White Bear Avenue and Case. He also hit a police car, a parked car and got his vehicle lodged in a snow bank at one point.

When officers tried to take Erickson into custody, he didn't respond to their commands to stop, and started driving in the direction of officers.

At that point, Woodbury Police Detective Jeff Zerwas fired his gun into the vehicle's tires to try to stop the vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.

Erickson was taken into custody and was booked in Ramsey County for active arrest warrants. The warrants include stalking and theft of a vehicle.

At the time of his arrest, Erickson was in possession of suspected narcotics and a firearm.

According to police, any discharge of a firearm by a Woodbury Police employee will be investigated. Zerwas is a 19-year veteran of the department.

At this point, details on possible charges against Erickson have not been released.

Noah Erickson
Photo Courtesy of the Woodbury Police Department

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