MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the body of the woman who was shot and killed Saturday afternoon by a Minnesota State Patrol officer after she dragged him 200 feet while he hung half-outside her car window.
The Medical Examiner’s Office said 48-year-old Debra Doree, of Landfall, Minn., died shortly after being shot at 1:40 p.m. near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Century Avenue in Oakdale, Minn.
The identity of the trooper who shot Doree has yet to be released. As is standard procedure, the trooper is on paid administrative leave while the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigates the circumstances behind the shooting.
The shooting, which occurred during what appeared to be a routine equipment failure pullover, happened after the trooper saw what he thought to be drugs in Doree’s car. That was the moment when Doree tried to escape, police said.
Lt. Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol said that Doree sped off “under rapid acceleration,” dragging the trooper down westbound Interstate 94 for about 200 feet. While he was being dragged, the trooper pulled out his gun and shot Doree.
The BCA said the preliminary investigation showed there was a large amount of suspected narcotics in the Doree’s car. Police described the suspected drugs as a white crystal-like substance.
Although Doree had no criminal convictions on her record, her husband, Scott Doree, is on probation for a Pine County felony drug possession conviction stemming from an August 2008 incident, Minnesota court records show.