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Man shot by Itasca County deputies

One man was shot by Itasca County sheriff’s deputies after he reportedly fired a gun while authorities were responding to a domestic assault call Sunday.

The man, whose identity was not released, was being treated at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Sheriff Vic Williams said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

The domestic incident was reported at 5:26 p.m. at a residence on Walker Road, about 6 miles north of Hill City and just north of the Aitkin County line.

“Deputies attempted to make contact,” Williams said in a news release. “At one point the subject fired his weapon. Deputies also fired their weapons.”

Authorities did not immediately offer further information on the initial domestic assault report, the number of deputies involved or the severity of the man’s injuries.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting incident. Identities and further information are typically released once the agency has completed an initial round of interviews.

After completing its investigation, the BCA’s reports will be turned over to the Itasca County Attorney’s Office to review whether the deputies’ actions were justified.

“The interviews are ongoing and we’ll provide additional details once they are completed,” BCA spokeswoman Jill Oliveira said in an email.

Williams said the Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate the domestic report.

It appears to be the first shooting incident involving the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office since 2015, when a 31-year-old man was fatally shot after threatening deputies with a gun while they were responding to an early-morning disturbance call in Cohasset.

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