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Man Shot in Moose Lake Allegedly Pointed Gun at Deputy Days Earlier

Updated: July 31, 2019 10:17 PM

Court documents say a man shot during an arrest attempt in Moose Lake on Monday had allegedly pointed a gun at an officer during a traffic stop three days earlier.

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A warrant sought the arrest of 34-year-old Shawn Michael Olthoff on a felony charge of use of deadly force against a peace officer, as well as two gun-related felony charges.

The warrant says Olthoff was riding in a car that a Carlton County sheriff's deputy pulled over on Highway 210 last Friday.  As the vehicle was stopping, a person in the back seat allegedly opened the door and pointed a gun at the deputy, who then swerved the squad car around to face the vehicle head-on.

According to the warrant, the driver and another passenger then told the deputy that Olthoff had been the one in the back seat and had fled on foot.  Despite a search involving a K9 unit, Olthoff was not located Friday, but court documents say a gun holster and a cell phone were located.

On Monday, members of Carlton County Consolidated Emergency Response Team went to a residence in the Hillside Terraces Mobile Home Park to arrest Olthoff, who was shot during the arrest attempt.  The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said late Wednesday afternoon that Olthoff remains hopitalized in Duluth; his condition has not been released.

The BCA has now identified the officer involved in the shooting as Sgt. Jason Warnygora, who has worked for the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years.  Warnygora is on administrative leave, which is standard in such cases.

A Wednesday news release said no weapons were recovered at the home, and that there is no bodycam or dashcam video of the incident.  The BCA is still investigating the shooting and, once complete, will turn its findings over to the Carlton County Attorney's Office for review.

The arrest warrant says Olthoff had been convicted of felony third-degree assault in 2016.  Additionally, the Moose Lake Star Gazette reported in May that Olthoff was facing felony charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

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