UPDATE: Suspect identified in officer-involved shooting in Lakeville

Updated: March 01, 2020 06:28 PM

The suspect who died in the officer-involved shooting Friday in Lakeville has been identified as 36-year-old Kent Richard Kruger. 


According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Kruger died from multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death is a homicide, but the death is still under investigation with BCA. 

The sheriff's office said a law enforcement officer exchanged gunfire with Kruger around 11:40 a.m. on the 20000 block of Italy Avenue while serving a search warrant. 

According to a news release, Kruger had an active arrest warrant for fourth-degree assault on a peace officer. The warrant included an order for the suspect to vacate the residence.

Kruger, who was armed with a gun, started firing at deputies and officers seconds after they entered the residence. A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy returned fire, striking Kruger. Personnel rendered life-saving efforts, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

No law enforcement officers were harmed during the firefight.

"Law enforcement officers place their lives in danger every day to protect the public and enforce the law," the news release stated. "In this situation the subject could have taken the lives of deputies, officers or the public with his decision to open fire. Absent the actions of the deputy, others could have been injured or killed."

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident. 


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