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Man shot by Litchfield police to undergo additional surgery today

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Updated 1:30 p.m.

A 23-year-old man shot Sunday by a Litchfield police officer is expected to have additional surgery today at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

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The name of the man has not been released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension or the Litchfield Police Department. Media reports have identified the man as Cassidy Loch, 23.

Loch's page on the Caring Bridge Web site reported he was scheduled for surgery today on his right arm. The site reports nurses saying "he has been doing well."

The Caring Bridge site also reported Loch got out of surgery late Monday morning where surgeons "stitched up his stomach and re-attached his intestine."

The BCA has reported that a 23-year-old man was shot by a Litchfield police officer Sunday about 1:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Litchfield Avenue S. Police were reportedly called to the Litchfield home due to a man attempting to drive drunk. The vehicle had become stuck in a ditch. The man then reportedly approached a police officer, they exchanged words and the man was shot multiple times by the police officer.

The man shot was airlifted Sunday to HCMC, underwent additional surgery Monday and remains in critical condition.

The Litchfield police are not commenting on the case. The officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such cases.

The BCA is investigating the case at the request of the Litchfield Police Department. A BCA spokeswoman told the Tribune the agency has not interviewed the suspect and will not release his name or more details until he is interviewed.

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