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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
February 12, 2018
BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Clay County
Deputies, subject identified

​The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officers and subject in an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Saturday, February 10, 2018, in the Clay County city of Sabin. Both deputies are on standard administrative leave.

  • Deputy Ryan Sinclair has been in law enforcement for six years and has been with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office since July 2017. Deputy Sinclair discharged his firearm.
  • Sergeant Gabriel Tweten has been in law enforcement for 16 years including 11 years with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Brady Allan Adrian, 19, of 15 1st Street South in Sabin, was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health hospital in Fargo where he was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound and released. Adrian is now in the Clay County Jail pending charges.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call of a suicidal male with a knife at the home where Adrian lives.

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, the deputies located Mr. Adrian in his bedroom holding a knife. He initially ignored orders to drop the weapon. He then came at Sergeant Tweten, punching him multiple times and knocking a Taser from his hands. Mr. Adrian grabbed the Taser from the ground and fired, striking Deputy Sinclair. Deputy Sinclair discharged his firearm, striking Mr. Adrian. Mr. Adrian continued to struggle but the deputies eventually handcuffed him and began medical treatment. He was then transported to the hospital.

After treatment, Mr. Adrian was released to the custody of the Moorhead Police Department and was booked into the Clay County Jail on probable cause 2nd degree and 4th degree assault.

There is no body camera, Taser camera, or dash camera video of the incident.

Several other agencies responded to the initial call but did not arrive until after the incident – the Moorhead, Dilworth and Glyndon police departments, the Minnesota State Patrol, Sabin Fire & Rescue and F-M Ambulance.

The BCA is investigating the officer involved shooting and the Moorhead Police Department is investigating the actions of Mr. Adrian during the incident. When the BCA investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Clay County Attorney’s Office for review.


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