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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2014
Deputy and Suspects Identified in Douglas County Officer Involved Shooting
ST. PAUL — The Ramsey County Medical Examiner today identified two individuals found deceased after a Feb. 24 incident during which a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy was shot.
 
Katie Ray Christopherson, DOB 9/6/84, last known permanent address in Fargo, North Dakota, died of homicide due to a gunshot wound. Devin Blowers, DOB 8/6/89, last known permanent address in Fargo, North Dakota, died of suicide due to a gunshot wound. Investigators at this time believe Blowers shot Christopherson.
 
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident. According to the preliminary investigation, at 9:51 p.m. on Feb. 24, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Alexander responded to the scene of a suspicious vehicle call at 3140 50th Street in Hudson Township. Deputy Alexander obtained identification from Christopherson and Blowers and briefly returned to his squad. According to the preliminary investigation, at 9:56 p.m. when Deputy Alexander returned to the vehicle a second time, Blowers shot the deputy in the chest, striking him in his a bullet-resistant vest. Deputy Alexander returned fire. The suspects fled in their vehicle, but became stuck in the snow approximately 50-60 yards away. Both then fled on foot.
 
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene. Approximately four hours later, law enforcement located Christopherson and Blowers deceased near an outbuilding on the property. A handgun and a shotgun were located near the deceased.
 
Deputy Alexander was treated at Douglas County Hospital and released. Alexander has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for three years and is a member of the Douglas County SWAT team. He is on standard administrative leave.
 
The BCA is investigating the incident with assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Alexandria Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and several other local law enforcement agencies. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings to the Douglas County Attorney’s Office for review.
 
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