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John Myers, Forum News Service, Published January 01 2013

Man shot by Douglas County deputy dies in Duluth hospital

DULUTH, Minn. - A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man who authorities say pointed a rifle at the officer early today after an incident in the Town of Gordon.

The officer was unharmed. The suspect was taken to a Duluth hospital, where he later died due to the gunshot injury.

According to a release from Sheriff Tom Dalbec, offers were called to a domestic disturbance call at about 1:40 this morning along with a report of gunfire at a home in Gordon, about 40 miles south of Superior. Dalbec said the suspect fled the residence, but was found a short time later walking along U.S. Highway 53.

When a sheriff's deputy confronted the man, the suspect allegedly pointed a rifle at the deputy. The deputy then fired his weapon at the suspect. The man was transported to a Duluth hospital where he later died of his injuries. Authorities say no one was injured at the home as a result of the earlier gunfire.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard policy in an officer-involved shooting.

The names of the suspect and the deputy involved have not yet been released. The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.