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Authorities ID woman shot in Midway Township standoff

A 48-year-old Cloquet woman remained hospitalized Tuesday after she was shot by two law enforcement officers during a standoff last week outside a Midway Township church.

A 48-year-old Cloquet woman remained hospitalized Tuesday after she was shot by two law enforcement officers during a standoff last week outside a Midway Township church.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Tuesday identified the woman as Kristen Kelly Johnson. She was listed in good condition at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

The BCA said a Hermantown Police Department officer and a Minnesota State Patrol trooper fired their weapons during the incident, striking Johnson twice. Authorities described Johnson as suicidal and said she threatened officers with a firearm.

Authorities were called to the parking lot of Augustana Lutheran Church, 3251 Midway Road, shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday on a report of a woman threatening suicide. Deputies found Johnson in a car and armed with a gun, and backup was requested.

After a standoff lasting more than an hour, authorities said Johnson emerged from the vehicle and threatened officers with the weapon; she was shot shortly after midnight. Johnson was taken by ambulance to the Duluth hospital, where she initially was listed in critical condition.

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The St. Louis and Carlton County sheriff's offices, Minnesota State Patrol, and the Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor police departments all were dispatched to the scene.

The names of the two officers who fired their weapons will be released Wednesday, according to BCA spokeswoman Jill Oliveira, who said interviews still need to be completed. The two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

The BCA is leading the ongoing investigation at the request of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. Once complete, reports will be forward to St. Louis County Attorney's Office for review of potential charges.

Related Topics: CRIMEPOLICEHERMANTOWN
Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or tolsen@duluthnews.com.
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