Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The St. Louis County Attorney's office issued a ruling today saying that a fatal shooting by a Duluth police officer was justified.
Mark Rubin made his initial remarks saying that the shooting death of Brian Butala was within the law. Afterwards, Chief of police Gordon Ramsay gave a detailed description of what took place that night.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension made an initial review after Duluth police Sgt. Brad Wick shot and killed Brian Butela during a home break-in on August 28th.
Police reports show that Sgt. Wick fired 12 shots, killing Butala.The shooting following a police pursuit in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood ended with Butala running into a stranger's home.
Authorities said Butala was armed with two handguns and fired three times at Sergeant Wick. Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said that police protocol was followed, and Sgt. Wick fired in self defense.
"Now remember, Butala was wanting to kill officer Wick, Sergeant Wick. There's no doubt in our minds. The way he was shooting, the access to the gun he had. He wanted to kill a police officer."
Once the BCA completed its case review, it passed its file to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin.
Assistant County Attorney Vern Swanum assisted in the case review.
Swanum is a retired prosecutor with more than 30 years experience.
One of the two guns that Butala carried the night he was fatally shot, has been traced to the Iron Range where Butala purchased the gun after he saw it in a newspaper posting. Authorities are still investigating the origin of the second gun.
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