Two people fatally shot, deputy injured after Wadena County traffic stop


Update from the BCA: The Wadena County Sheriff’s deputy was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.

The BCA is investigating after law enforcement fatally shot two motorists in a Saturday night traffic stop that the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office said turned into a “struggle.”

According to a news release from the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy pulled over a vehicle for a traffic offense in North Germany Township at about 8:48 p.m. The vehicle  stopped near 205th Avenue and 270th Street.  A “struggle” began between the deputy and the person in the car, Wadena police haven’t released details of how the struggle began. A second motorist eventually arrived, then a Sebeka Police Department officer.

At least one of the motorists began shooting. One of the officers returned fire and both motorists and the deputy were shot. One of the motorists died at the scene, the other died later at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena, according to the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy’s gunshot injury was serious but not life-threatening. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Health in Park Rapids, then transferred to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the deputy was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.

The Sebeka police officer was also struck by gunfire, but was protected by his bulletproof vest and didn’t require medical treatment.

“Asking for prayers for the officers involved in the shooting last night, patience by community during this investigation, and comfort to all families affected,” said Wadena Mayor George Deiss in a statement posted on the city’s Facebook page.

The BCA is investigating the shooting.