Subject Identified in Polk County Officer Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Monday, March 20 in Polk County.

The Grand Forks County Medical Examiner has identified the deceased suspect as Clarence Duane Huderle, 73, of Warren, Minnesota. Huderle died of a gunshot wound; the manner of his death is undetermined pending further investigation by the BCA.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a rural mail carrier who was delivering mail in Northland Township that he heard two gunshots, which resulted in the rear window of the vehicle shattering.

A Polk County Deputy responded to the area, and upon investigating, he was confronted by Huderle armed with a rifle. Assistance was called for, and Huderle fired at the deputy, striking the vehicle.

Huderle was later located deceased outside of his residence with a high-powered rifle.

According to the preliminary investigation, one law enforcement officer fired his weapon during the incident. The officer, a member of the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force, is not being named because he works in an undercover capacity.

The BCA’s investigation is on-going, and when complete, the BCA will submit their findings over to the Polk County Attorney’s Office for review.

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