MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in Crow Wing County say they do not plan to file charges against the officer involved in a high-speed chase that ended with the suspect being shot.
The July 4 incident started after officers responded to a domestic assault call. While en route, the deputy located the suspect in a vehicle and attempted to stop the driver.
The juvenile suspect fled the scene and led police on a chase reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph. During the pursuit, the suspect attempted to ram two marked squad cars head-on at speeds of more than 80 mph, forcing the squad cars off the road and into to the ditch.
A Grand Rapids police officer caught up with the vehicle at an intersection and attempted to stop the driver, firing several shots at the fleeing vehicle.
The chase finally ended on Highway 169, with the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol. The juvenile was taken into custody.
The officer was put on paid administrative leave while the incident was investigated, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Police Department announced that the county attorney’s office considered the officer’s use of force “reasonable, legitimate and restrained to that which was necessary.”
The officer in question has been with the police department in Grand Rapids for three years.