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Minnesota Officer Wounded, Suspect Dead After Morning Raid

January 29, 2016  | 

An Oakdale, MN, man is dead and a police officer hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the arm after authorities attempted to serve a search warrant in a quiet neighborhood Thursday morning, reports the Star Tribune.

St. Paul police, who are investigating the case, issued a news release Friday identifying the man as Mark Kuzel, 53. He had fired at officers, wounding one in the arm, before apparently committing suicide.

Police have not identified the officer who was wounded, but said Oakdale officer Joe Groppoli returned fire after Kuzel shot his colleague, the Star Tribune reports.

The shooting occurred about 8 a.m. in the 2700 block of Granite Avenue during the execution of a search warrant by Oakdale police and a special agent from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

Officers found Kuzel inside the home with a single gunshot wound to the head. They rendered aid and called for medics, but he later died.

Kuzel was taken to Regions Hospital where he later died.

The injured officer was taken to Regions Hospital and treated for noncritical injuries.


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