Shots fired by officers, suspects in Houston County chase

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2017

That's when the suspects and officers exchanged fire, at the intersection of two highways in the small town, according to a statement from the BCA.

One was taken to Gundersen in La Crosse for treatment of injuries and then to the La Crosse County Jail. Speeds of more than 100 miles an hour were reported by officers during the chase through Hokah on Highway 44. At that point, police said they were fired at, and returned fire. The chase ended when the two men crashed into a bean field in Caledonia.

Both of the suspects fled into a field where they eventually surrendered.

The men fled in their vehicle, with the officers in pursuit.

No officers were injured in the incident that unfolded around 1:30 a.m., said Jill Oliveira, a BCA spokeswoman. The uninjured suspect was booked into the Houston County Jail on probable cause of attempted murder.

A portion of Highway 44 between Hokah and Caledonia was closed for almost twelve hours as investigators gathered evidence.

Officers pulled their vehicle over at Minnesota Highway 44 and Minnesota Highway 16 after they left the convenience store and encountered gunfire, according to the BCA. A few moments later an officer asks for medical help saying "one male suspect is wounded". According to squad radio, he was shot in the neck.

La Crescent police do not use body cameras, but the shooting was captured on squad auto video, according to the BCA.

Neither officer was hurt in the incident, but have been placed on standard paid leave during the investigation, which is being spearheaded by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office, Caledonia Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol are providing assistance at the scenes along Highway 44, which was closed for a majority of Monday.

Both are expected to be charged with attempted murder, according to the BCA, which did not name the suspects.

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