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State trooper injured during traffic stop in southern Minnesota

BLUE EARTH, Minn. — A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was assaulted Thursday, Dec. 20, by the occupants of a vehicle during a traffic stop in southern Minnesota, officials say.

The trooper, who was not identified Thursday, pulled a vehicle over on Interstate 90 just east of Blue Earth, according to a news release issued by the State Patrol. During the stop, the occupants of the vehicle assaulted the trooper and fled, the news release said.

After a brief pursuit was called off, the vehicle was found abandoned in Albert Lea and two suspects were taken into custody. The suspects were not identified in the release.

The trooper was conscious and stable when he was taken to United Hospital in Blue Earth.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Minnesota State Patrol are with our trooper tonight,” Minnesota State Patrol chief Matt Langer said in the news release. “We want to thank all law enforcement involved in the search for the suspects and are grateful the suspects are in custody and off the streets.”

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting the State Patrol in the investigation.