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Police Officer, Deceased Man in Fatal Virginia Officer-Involved Shooting Identified

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the police officer and the deceased male of the Virginia officer-involved shooting. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the police officer and the deceased male of the Virginia officer-involved shooting. | 

Updated: November 29, 2018 12:27 PM

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the police officer and the deceased male of the Virginia officer-involved shooting Tuesday afternoon. 

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The BCA identified the officer as Officer Nick Grivna. He has been with the Virginia Police Department for nearly five years. Officer Grivna is on standard administrative leave.

In addition, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the deceased as 41-year-old J Scot Alan Widmark of Virginia. Widmark died of a gunshot wound. 

According to the BCA, officers responded to the 300 block of 2nd Street South in Virginia to a 911 call from a woman who reported that a man now identified as Widmark approached her stopped vehicle in the area. Widmark allegedly told the woman to get out. The BCA says Widmark then entered the vehicle. He later got out and grabbed a man standing on the sidewalk. 

Officers arrived to the area around 5:00 p.m. and encountered Widmark still holding the man. At one point Officer Grivna discharged his weapon, striking Widmark. He was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health-Virginia Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

No one else was injured during the incident. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a knife at the scene where the shooting occurred.

Officers were not wearing body cameras. BCA investigators will determine whether squad cameras captured the incident.


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The BCA says its investigation into the officer-involved shooting is active and ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office for review.

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