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Man fatally shot by deputy didn't have a gun

MINNESOTA CITY — The Winona County sheriff says the man fatally shot by a deputy last week did not have a gun.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says officers began searching for Chase Kolstad after getting reports that he was armed and suicidal. The BCA says officers found him on Sept. 14 on a bridge in Minnesota City, where a sheriff's deputy shot and killed Kolstad after he pointed a weapon at responding officers.

In a letter to the Winona Daily News, Sheriff Dave Brand declined to provide any more specifics about the shooting but urged the public to keep an open mind until the investigation is complete.

The Hennepin County attorney's office will review the case. The deputy was put on paid administrative leave, which is typical in such cases.

Preliminary autopsy results revealed that Kolstad died of massive head trauma resulting from a single gunshot wound.

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