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Authorities delay further comment on Tuesday shooting incident in Clarkfield

GRANITE FALLS -- Authorities continue to be tight-lipped about the two-state investigation surrounding a gun being pulled during a law enforcement interview Tuesday at a Clarkfield home.

Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten, whose agency was present at the Clarkfield home to provide security assistance for an interview by South Dakota investigators, had meetings today with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and South Dakota authorities.

Flaten in a phone interview this morning had said he hoped to release more information by this afternoon about the incident in his county, but he said in an interview late today that he would be delayed “because of the complexity of working with the BCA and the state of South Dakota.” Flaten says he expects that there will be a release from himself and the BCA sometime Friday morning.

The interview Tuesday in Clarkfield, in western Minnesota, was with agents from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. The interview lasted about 90 minutes before a handgun was produced, Flaten said. A shot was fired during a struggle between the person and the interviewing officers.

No one was injured by the gunshot nor in the struggle, Flaten said Tuesday in a news release. The scene and the weapon were secured, and the BCA assisted at the scene with the investigation.

The person has been in custody in a secure facility but has not been named. No charges are pending currently in Minnesota.

Susan Lunneborg
Susan Lunneborg is news editor of the West Central Tribune. She joined the staff in Willmar in 1999 and has been a newspaper journalist for more than 20 years. She can be reached directly at the email linked here, but for the most timely response, please send news releases to the Tribune's general news email:
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