Photo courtesy: Brainerd Dispatch
BRAINERD, Minn. - The two officers involved in a shooting incident at a home south of Brainerd in Crow Wing County have been identified.
Officers responded to a call on Sleepy Hollow Road for an unspecified disturbance around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Authorities say a 50-year-old man died in the shootout. A sheriff's deputy, identified as Scott Goddard, suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder. He was treated at a hospital, but was later released.
Both Goddard and Deputy Adam Kronstedt have been placed on administrative leave and will remain on leave until they are ready to return to work, officials say.
When Goddard and Kronstedt arrived at the home, nobody was inside. While still on the scene, they heard a single gunshot from the woods behind the home. There, they found the homeowner up in a tree stand.
After several hours of negotiating, it appeared the man was ready to surrender, but he abruptly climbed back up into the tree and opened fire.
The deputies returned fire, hitting and killing Donald Peter Johnson.
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