ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today released the name of the sergeant who fired his weapon during an officer involved shooting incident Monday night in St. Cloud. Sergeant Nathan Stewart has been with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years.
The BCA has also identified the subject injured during the incident. Lazaro Domingo Diaz, 37, has been staying at the residence where the officer involved shooting incident occurred, but has a permanent address in Willmar. Mr. Diaz is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at St. Cloud Hospital.
Sgt. Stewart and several St. Cloud police officers went to 7118 Northwood Lane in St. Cloud just before midnight Monday. They were checking on the victim of a reported domestic assault who was believed to be at the residence.
Shortly after investigators knocked on the front door of the one-story home, Mr. Diaz, who is a suspect in the domestic assault incident, broke out a back window and jumped out of the home carrying a handgun.
According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, Diaz then fired several shots and ran around the southwest corner of the home where he immediately encountered Sgt. Stewart. Stewart fired his weapon, striking Diaz twice in the leg. Two St. Cloud officers deployed Tasers, and as Diaz struggled with the officers a K9 was utilized in an effort to gain compliance. Officers and responding ambulance personnel provided first aid and then Diaz was then transported to the hospital.
Neither the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office nor St. Cloud Police Department use body cameras. Squad cameras did not capture video of the incident. Sgt. Stewart and four St. Cloud officers are on standard administrative leave.
The BCA is conducting the investigation into the officer involved shooting incident. The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating the domestic assault.
The BCA’s investigation into the shooting is active and ongoing, and all information that is public at this time has been released. No further updates are planned until the BCA presents the case to the county attorney for review.