This may be bit late, but as a Willmar business owner, the recent excellent and coolheaded response to the shooting in southeast Willmar by our police force deserves a word of public thanks and appreciation.
I lived three blocks from that location for six years and so know the area well. I also was active duty for seven years during the first Gulf War and know that it is hard to not pull the trigger when your heart is pounding out of your chest.
Recently, an officer shot and killed a young man in Duluth who attacked his squad car with a baseball bat. Another officer in southern Minnesota ended the life of a man who accosted him wearing only swim trunks.
Willmar police response to the shooting showed restraint and a mature, well trained professionalism in an intense situation.
Thanks to our Willmar police!