ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — State investigators say the man who shot and injured three people in Albert Lea, including a police officer, was also wounded when a state trooper opened fire. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the 21-year-old man suffered shrapnel injuries and was treated at Rochester hospital. Officers responded to the shooting at the Shady Oaks apartment building early Sunday and found the officer had been hit in his bullet-resistant vest. He was taken to Mayo in Albert Lea for treatment of injuries that were not life threatening. Two men, ages 52 and 38, were airlifted to the Rochester hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Human remains were found at the same Albert Lea apartment building where a gunman shot three people, including a police officer, early yesterday morning, though the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the death investigation is unrelated to the shooting. A tactical team found the dead body in an apartment complex while evacuating the building. The discovery of the human remains is not related to the incident that saw a 21-year-old Albert Lea man open fire on an Albert Lea police officer who responded to the building on a report of a noise violation or possible weapons violation. The 30-year-old officer arrived at the scene at 2:18 a.m., at which point Albert Lea PD says the suspect “ambushed” and opened fire, striking the officer in the chest. The officer was wearing a protective vest and was able to drive himself to a local emergency room. The officer was treated and released. Two other Albert Lea men, ages 38 and 52, were shot. Both were airlifted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for injuries that are believed to be non life-threatening. A standoff between multiple SWAT teams, the State Patrol and local law enforcement ensued for approximately 10 hours before the 21-year-old suspect was taken into custody. At one point during the active shooter incident a State Patrol trooper shot at the suspect, with the 21-year-old sustaining shrapnel injuries. It’s unclear if he was hit, but he then surrendered and was taken to Mayo Clinic to have non-critical injuries treated. Both cases remain under investigation. No formal charges have yet been filed against the 21-year-old suspect and the identities of those involved in the incident have not been released.