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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2019
BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Moose Lake

​ST. PAUL — The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the deputy who discharged his firearm during an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Monday, July 29, in Moose Lake. Sgt. Jason Warnygora (war-nih-gohr’-ah) has been with the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. Sgt. Warnygora is on standard administrative leave.

The man injured during the incident has been identified as Shawn Michael Olthoff, 34, of 23 Hillside Terraces Mobile Home Park in Moose Lake. Mr. Olthoff continues to receive treatment for his injuries at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

There is no body camera nor dash camera video of the incident. There were no weapons recovered at the home. The BCA released additional information about the officer involved shooting investigation on Monday.

The BCA’s investigation is active and ongoing. When completed, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Carlton County Attorney’s Office for review.

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​ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened this afternoon in the Carlton County city of Moose Lake.

Members of the Carlton County Consolidated Emergency Response Team at approximately 4:30 p.m. today were serving felony warrants at a residence in Hillside Terraces Mobile Home Park in Moose Lake. The warrants were related to an open investigation into a recent incident allegedly involving the subject.

Law enforcement deployed a flashbang and made entry into the home. At one point one member of the law enforcement team discharged their firearm, striking the subject.
Law enforcement and paramedics provided medical aid at the scene. The subject was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake and then taken by air ambulance to Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. No one else was injured during the incident.

The BCA will determine through its investigation whether any video of the incident was captured.

The Moose Lake and Cloquet police departments, Carlton and Pine County sheriff’s offices, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Cloquet Fire District Paramedics provided assistance at the scene.

The BCA is in the very early stages of its investigation. The BCA will release additional information, including the names of the persons involved, and any public information related to the recent incident, in the coming days as its investigation processes and once the initial round of interviews is complete.

When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the Carlton County Attorney’s Office for review.

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