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Physical altercation leads to deputy shooting man in western Minnesota

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy shot a man in Kensington, Minn., after a confrontation early Tuesday, May 7.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate the officer-involved shooting that took place shortly before 1 a.m.

Three Douglas County deputies and a Grant County deputy were at the scene, which involved a “physical altercation” with the man, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.

The man who was shot is hospitalized in St. Cloud after undergoing surgery to treat his wounds.

Two Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were taken to Alomere Health in Alexandria where they were treated for injuries and released.

The incident occurred near the West Central Area South Elementary School at 31 Central Avenue North in Kensington, about 15 miles southwest of Alexandria.

The road in front of the school entrance is closed and classes are cancelled for students Tuesday. The incident is not connected to the school and the general public is not in any danger, said Sheriff Troy Wolbersen.

In a letter to parents, West Central Area Schools Superintendent Barry Schmidt said he expects the elementary school to resume its normal schedule Wednesday.

“It is very important to understand that law enforcement is working very hard to obtain facts regarding this incident,” Schmidt said. “We are asking for (parents’) help in limiting inaccurate information.”

The BCA is processing the scene.