Suspect, officer ID'd in New Brighton shooting

7:36 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. - Authorities have identified the suspect and officer who were involved in a shooting in New Brighton on Tuesday. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 45-year-old Matthew Vanhofwegen was shot Tuesday after allegedly grabbing the barrel of Maplewood Police Officer Joseph Steiner's rifle. 

Police say they were serving a narcotics search warrant at a home on the 1500 block of 20th Avenue N.W. in New Brighton around 2 p.m. when Vanhofwegen was shot.

Vanhofwegen is being treated at HCMC for multiple gunshot wounds.

Steiner is an eight-year veteran of the Maplewood Police Department. He has been placed on standard administrative leave. 

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