BCA identifies Duluth standoff suspect

BCA identifies Duluth standoff suspect Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: February 28, 2021 12:50 AM
Created: February 27, 2021 05:17 PM

The Minnesota BCA has identified the suspect who died Friday during a standoff and officer involved shooting incident in Duluth. 

In a news release, the BCA identified the suspect as 37-year-old David Joseph Wayne Conwell of Duluth. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, the BCA says.

The BCA says Duluth police officers responded to a residence on the 2300 block of West 4th Street at approximately 8:30 Thursday night 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, the BCA says.

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 (ERT), took over at the scene. The standoff continued until approximately 4 p.m Friday when St. Louis County ERT personnel fatally shot Conwell, the BCA says.

No one else was injured.

Portions of the incident were captured on Duluth Police Department body cameras.

BCA crime scene personnel also recovered a gun at the scene.

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

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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