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Authorities Name Victim Of Police-Involved Shooting

Police TapeLITTLE FALLS — Authorities have identified the man shot and killed in a confrontation with police and sheriff’s deputies last week.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 37-year-old Patrick Jeske of Little Falls died from blood loss associated with multiple gunshot wounds. None of the wounds were self-inflicted.

The sheriff’s department received a call December 30th about a suicidal man with a gun in Little Falls. Authorities found jeske and when he refused to put down his shotgun, they opened fire…killing him.

The four officers are on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure while the case is investigated.

The officers are identified as 30-year-old Jon West, a four-year veteran of the Little Falls Police Department, 28-year-old Joshua Burgardt who has also been with the Little Falls department for four years, Deputy James Paschelke, who at 37-years-old is a six-year veteran of the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department and 35-year-old Sergeant Shawn Larson…an 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

The B-C-A has interviewed the four officers and will issue its findings to the Morrison County Attorney’s Office.

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