The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer use of force incident in Morrison County.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the BCA is investigating following the incident where an officer or officers allegedly discharged beanbag rounds or chemical munitions
According to the DPS report, Todd County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull a man over “related to an ongoing investigation of suspected criminal activity.” Officers fired bean bag rounds to knock out the vehicle’s back window, then fired chemical munitions into the vehicle following a pursuit, which reportedly reached speeds at times 105 miles per hour. The driver allegedly shot at law enforcement during the ordeal.
The vehicle left the road and struck a tree near County Road 16 in Cushing, after the driver lost control of the vehicle on southbound Highway 10. Officials say the driver did not follow officers’ commands to exit the vehicle. As officers approached they located the driver with an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The driver was taken to Hospital in Little Falls, and was later taken by air ambulance to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.
Officer Joshua Burgardt has been with the Little Falls Police Department for 13 years. The identity of one Morrison County Sheriff’s Office employee is being withheld. No officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the incident reported just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The BCA will determine whether squad cameras captured the shooting during the pursuit, or the incident following the crash. BCA crime scene personnel did apparently recover a gun from inside the vehicle.
The BCA’s investigation into the incident is ongoing.