Officer, deputy identified in Gilbert shooting
State authorities on Friday identified the police officer and sheriff's deputy involved in a shooting in Gilbert that left the deputy injured and another man dead, and also provided more details about what led up to the incident.
In releasing the information about last week's shooting, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said that Jeffrey John Golnick, 40, of Chaska, Minn., wasn't the person with a warrant that law enforcement officers were searching for when the incident began.
The BCA identified the officers involved as Deputy Derrick Deutsch, who has been with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office for one year and was previously with the Kanabec County Sheriff's Office for two years, and Officer Joseph Bradach, who has been with the Gilbert Police Department for six years.
The BCA reported that Deutsch and Bradach were looking for a person wanted on a warrant at a residence on the 100 block of Michigan Avenue West in Gilbert on Dec. 22. They identified a vehicle with two occupants at the residence and while Bradach was making contact with the vehicle's occupants, Golnick — who was not the subject of the warrant — fled from the residence on foot.
At one point during a foot pursuit, the BCA said, Golnick fired his gun and struck Deutsch. Both Deutsch and Bradach returned fire and struck Golnick, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the BCA. Deutsch was treated at St. Luke's hospital in Duluth for a non-life threatening gunshot wound and released the same day.
A handgun was recovered at the scene, according to the BCA.
The BCA's investigation is still ongoing. Once it's complete, the agency will turn over its findings to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office for review.
While the BCA said Golnick was not the subject of the warrant who was being sought by officers on Dec. 22, the Minnesota Department of Corrections had listed Golnick as a "wanted fugitive" on Nov. 21. Golnick was convicted of use of deadly force against a peace officer and sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection to a shooting incident in Virginia in October 2005, according to court records.
The News Tribune reported in 2005 that Golnick was one of three people in a 45-minute standoff at a house in Virginia, which included shots fired from within the house, that began when officers attempted to execute a search warrant at the house.
Golnick was released from prison in April 2016, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.