Driver fatally shot by police after dragging officer

Driver killed by police after officer dragged

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- Authorities shut down Interstate 694 for several hours Friday evening into Saturday, following a shooting involving a police officer.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the officer stopped a vehicle that was speeding and tried to make an arrest for outstanding warrants and on suspicion of intoxicated driving.

According to authorities, the two struggled and the driver got back into the car and then drove off, dragging the officer.

The officer was dragged by the vehicle for some distance on the freeway. The officer shot the driver, but the vehicle continued on. The officer fell onto the interstate and the vehicle ended up going through a fence, stopping in a grocery store parking lot.

The officer was treated and released from a local hospital. The driver died at the scene.

The officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Sgt. William Owens, a 13-year veteran of the Lino Lakes Police Department. Owens is on administrative leave in accordance with department policy.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has identified the deceased male as Sam Holmes, 31, of New Brighton.

The agency's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.


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