A 36-year-old man injured during a pursuit last week in Morrison County has died.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner reported Joshua Adam Ostrowski, with his last known Minnesota address in Browerville, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, which he suffered after the chase and a short standoff with authorities.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the agency investigating the incident, reported the death on its website sometime Monday night into Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 21-22.
According to the BCA, just after 5 p.m. Oct. 15 Todd County sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over Ostrowski’s vehicle near Browerville, as a result of an ongoing investigation of suspected criminal activity. Ostrowski fled officers at speeds exceeding 100 mph. The pursuit went into Morrison County, where Morrison County sheriff’s deputies and Minnesota State Patrol troopers joined in the pursuit.
Ostrowski shot at pursuing law enforcement officers during the pursuit. No officer was injured. At one point, Ostrowski lost control of the vehicle on Highway 10. The vehicle left the road and struck a tree in the west ditch near Morrison County Highway 16 in Cushing.
Ostrowski did not follow officers’ commands to exit the vehicle. The pursuing agencies were joined at the scene by the Morrison County SWAT team. At one point, officers fired bean bag rounds to knock out the vehicle’s back window, then fired chemical munitions into the vehicle, the BCA reported.
As officers approached the vehicle they located Ostrowski with a gunshot wound to the head. Officers provided medical aid at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls and then by air ambulance to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale where he was being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The BCA’s investigation of the incident is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Morrison County Attorney’s Office for review.