Bemidji man steals squad car, shots fired

By KBJR News 1

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Bemidji man steals squad car, shots fired

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has a suspect in custody following a 10–mile pursuit that ended in Becker County and included two deputies firing weapons.

The BCA says at 8:30 p.m. on Friday a vehicle suspected to be connected with a theft from a liquor store in Detroit Lakes was spotted in Becker County. Sheriff's deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect fled. During the pursuit, officers used spike strips to disable the vehicle.

According to the initial BCA investigation, the suspect exited the vehicle and approached a Becker County deputy and a Hubbard County deputy while armed with a shotgun.

Both deputies took cover behind squad cars. Then the suspect entered a Becker County squad car. The BCA says both deputies fired their weapons as the suspect fled the scene in the stolen squad car. The squad car was then disabled.

The suspect, a man from Bemidji, was taken into custody. The BCA says he remains jailed on suspicion of possessing a stolen firearm and faces other charges in the incident.

Both deputies are on paid administrative leave. The BCA continues to investigate the incident.

Ramona Marozas