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Weapon discovered near vehicle of man shot by police officer

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LITCHFIELD -- Authorities say a firearm was found near the vehicle of a 23-year-old man who was shot multiple times Sunday by a Litchfield police officer.

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension late Tuesday identified the man as Cassidy Loch. He is still in critical condition at HCMC.

Litchfield Police Officer Travis Rueckert, a four-year veteran of the agency, fired multiple shots at Loch during the Sunday morning incident.

According to the BCA's news release, Rueckert was responding to a 911 disturbance call around 1:30 a.m. when he encountered Loch who was leaving the scene in his vehicle. The shooting occurred after Loch was non-compliant to the officer's commands, the BCA said. A firearm was recovered at the scene near the driver's door of Loch's vehicle, the BCA said.

Loch was airlifted Sunday to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was expected to have additional surgery Tuesday.

Loch's page on the Caring Bridge Web site -- a free Web site where families can post updates on the medical condition of a loved one -- reported he was scheduled for surgery Tuesday 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."

Rueckert 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.

The Caring Bridge page for Loch says that is married, has a 9-month-old son and that he works as a diesel mechanic at Nelson International in Willmar.

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