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Name released of injured deputy in Wednesday shooting

Officials have released the name of the deputy who was shot in the arm Wednesday by a rural Brainerd man.

Deputy Scott Goddard suffered a gunshot wound when officers responded to a call at 12:49 p.m. Wednesday from an adult male requesting emergency services to his home on the 5000 block of Sleepy Hollow Road in St. Mathias Township.

Goddard and Deputy Adam Kronstedt are on administrative leave following the incident, which is typical protocol for an officer-involved shooting, said Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl.

At this time, both deputies are doing well, Dahl said.

The administrative leave should last about a week, he said. All of the other deputies who were at the scene Wednesday had Thursday off to take a break, Dahl said.

It all started Wednesday when the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a call requesting emergency service.

The caller was unclear as to the nature of the emergency, so deputies were dispatched to conduct a welfare check. Upon arrival, there was no answer at the home.

Dahl said deputies heard a single gunshot coming from the woods just south of the residence. Deputies searched and found Donald Peter Johnson, 50, who was armed, in a tree stand in a wooded area. Dahl said deputies negotiated with Johnson, who Dahl said was distraught, and eventually Johnson said he would surrender. The suspect put his weapon down and started to come down from the tree stand. Dahl said when Johnson got down, he changed his mind and began climbing up the tree again. Dahl said the K-9 dog went after the suspect, who then turned around and started shooting at the deputies, with a shot hitting a deputy in the arm. Dahl said deputies then returned fire — at which time a number of rounds were shot, including non-lethal shots — and the suspect was killed.

According to the police scanner, the shootings took place just before 5:30 p.m.

Johnson’s body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

JESSICA LARSEN may be reached at jessica.larsen@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5859. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/brainerdnews.

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