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No public safety issue in Clarkfield, Minn., handgun incident

CLARKFIELD — Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's officials are working with agencies from several jurisdictions, including South Dakota, in an ongoing investigation of an incident Tuesday morning in Clarkfield when a handgun was fired during a law enforcement interview.

No one was injured in the incident and there is no threat to public safety, according to Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten.

In a brief interview Wednesday, Flaten said the individual is not in custody in Yellow Medicine County but is in a secure facility.

Flaten said there is no public safety concern and that more information would be released on the case, possibly by this morning.

In a news release issued Tuesday night, Flaten said agents from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation were at the home in Clarkfield to interview a person regarding an investigation in South Dakota.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office was providing security assistance when the person being interviewed produced a handgun.

The interviewing officers began to struggle with the person, and the gun discharged during the struggle.

Officers secured the weapon and the scene.

Besides law enforcement from Yellow Medicine County and South Dakota, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Yellow Medicine County Attorney's Office and Yellow Medicine County Family Services are assisting in the investigation.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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