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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
February 27, 2021
BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Duluth

​​ST. PAUL — The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man who died Friday during a standoff and officer involved shooting incident in Duluth. The medical examiner said David Joseph Wayne Conwell, 37, of Duluth, died of homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Duluth Police Department K9 Luna was shot by Conwell on Thursday night. She was transported to BluePearl​​ Pet Hospital in Duluth where she died.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident.

Duluth police officers responded to a residence on the 2300 block of West 4th Street at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in response to a 911 call from a third party about a possible physical domestic. At one point while officers were searching the home, Conwell shot K9 Luna. Duluth's Tactical Response Team was dispatched to the scene and a standoff began.

After 10 hours, St. Louis County Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team, or ERT, took over at the scene. The standoff continued until approximately 4 p.m., when St. Louis County ERT personnel fatally shot Conwell.

BCA agents continue to interview law enforcement personnel at this hour to gather information about what happened.

No one else was injured. Portions of the incident were captured on Duluth Police Department body cameras. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a gun at the scene.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. The BCA will provide additional information, including the names of officers and deputies who used force, once the initial round of interviews is complete.

Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office for review.

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