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Suspected shooter of Norman County deputy arrested

Posted by: Jennifer Brooks Updated: April 15, 2014 - 12:21 PM

From staff and wire reports

UPDATED: A suspect is under arrest after the Tuesday morning shooting of a Norman County deputy during a traffic stop.

The wounded deputy, who has not been identified, is expected to recover. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that the incident began around 8:30 a.m., when the deputy pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of County Road 39 & County Road 12 near Perley.

The deputy was taking one of the vehicle's occupants into custody on a warrant when the other occupant of the vehicle opened fire, shooting the deputy. Thanks to the bullet-resistant vest the deputy was wearing, the injury was not life threatening.

The deputy returned fire, but the suspect fled in the vehicle. Multiple law enforcement agencies converged on the area, northeast of Moorhead, to begin the search.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist told the Fargo Forum that the suspect was caught hiding in the woods on an abandoned farm around 10:30 a.m., not far from the site of the shooting.

Searchers spotted the vehicle in the woods on an abandoned farm, Bergquist said in a video posted by the Forum. With the help of helicopters on loan from the border patrol, he said, they were able to spot the suspect hiding in the woods and make an arrest.

"Our guys were driving by this abandoned farm," he said. "They drove in there and came upon the vehicle in the woods. With the help of the helicopters from the border patrol, they did find the suspect in the woods and he came out without incident."

The Forum reported that a number of facilities in the area, including a nearby hospital and elementary school, went into lockdown during the manhunt.
 

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