Suspect deceased and officer injured during Willmar domestic call

A report of a domestic incident early Friday morning in southeast Willmar has resulted in a Willmar police officer suffering serious injuries and the death of the suspect.

A Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension vehicle as well as other police cars mark the 800 block of Mary Avenue Southeast where a Willmar police officer was injured while responding to a domestic incident Friday morning in Willmar. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has released new information regarding stabbings during a domestic incident around 5:40 a.m. Friday on the 800 block of Mary Avenue Southeast in Willmar.

A suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene and will be taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death and for formal identification.

A Willmar police officer sustained multiple knife wounds and was taken by ambulance to Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. The officer, who has not yet been identified, is in stable condition and is expected to survive.

A woman who was in the home was also injured by the suspect. She was treated at Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital and released.


Willmar Police Officers responded to a 911 call of a domestic incident and when they arrived they encountered a male inside the home. An officer sustained multiple knife wounds and one officer discharged a Taser during the incident.

BCA investigators are determining whether any officers discharged a firearm. It is unknown at this time whether the subject was struck by either a Taser or gunfire.

The BCA will determine whether the incident was captured on body camera video.

The BCA is still investigating the incident.

The BCA will release additional information, including the names of those involved, once the initial round of interviews with participants and witnesses is completed and family notifications have been made.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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