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Names released in officer-involved shooting in St. Cloud

ST. PAUL — The names of the Stearns County sheriff’s sergeant who fired his weapon during an officer-involved shooting Monday night at a St. Cloud home and the suspect have been released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The officer was Sgt. Nathan Stewart, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 14 years.

The BCA has also identified the man injured during the incident. Lazaro Domingo Diaz, 37, had been staying at the residence where the incident occurred, but has a permanent address in Willmar. Diaz is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at St. Cloud Hospital, said the BCA.

Stewart and several St. Cloud police officers went to the home just before midnight Monday to check on the victim of a reported domestic assault who was believed to be there. Shortly after investigators knocked on the front door of the home,  Diaz, who is a suspect in the domestic assault incident, broke out a back window and jumped out carrying a handgun.

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, Diaz then fired several shots and ran around the southwest corner of the home where he immediately encountered Stewart. Stewart fired his weapon, striking Diaz twice in the leg. Two St. Cloud officers deployed Tasers and a police dog was also utilized. Officers and responding ambulance personnel provided first aid and Diaz was then transported to the hospital.

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