MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The man who died in an incident Thursday morning has been identified.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says authorities were sent to the 2700 block of Granite Avenue North at about 8 a.m.READ MORE: 2 St. Paul City Employees Assaulted While Working; Suspect In Custody
Investigators say an officer and agent were at the home to serve a search warrant. After knocking more than once, they forced their way into the home, which is standard procedure.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?
Once inside, they say 53-year-old Mark Kuzel, 53, shot at Oakdale officer Joe Groppoli. Investigators say the officer took cover and ran outside, while another returned fire and followed Groppoli out.
Kuzel told them he didn’t want to go to jail. Then, investigators say, Kuzel shot himself in the head. He was transported to Regions Hospital, where he later died.MORE NEWS: While Reported STDs Decreased Last Year, Pandemic Disruptions Give Cause Of Uncertainty
Normally the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates officer-involved shootings, but since a BCA agent was involved, the St. Paul Police Department took up the investigation.