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Video shows gun aimed at trooper


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota State Trooper Travis Pearson followed a car driven by a shooting incident suspect down a tree-lined rural St. Louis County driveway, with his nearest law enforcement backup several minutes away.

Donnie Joe Lira stopped his Chevrolet Cavalier, then stepped out of the car, rifle in hand. After Pearson's repeated demand that Lira drop the gun, Lira raised the rifle and aimed it at Pearson.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.