Deputy Killed, 2 Other Officers Wounded Responding to Domestic Incident

A Minnesota sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Saturday responding to a domestic call in  Cyrus.

Pope County Deputy Josh Owen died on his 44th birthday, his father, Dan Owen, said in a Facebook post. Two other law enforcement officers — Owen’s partner Brody Merrill and a Starbuck officer who has not been identified — were also shot but were treated and released.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect, who has not been named, was also killed in the exchange of gunfire.

The sheriff’s office said the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will handle the investigation of the incident.

The West Central Tribune said that several members of Owen’s family are in law enforcement and that he, Merrill, and another officer were recently honored for their lifesaving actions during a housefire last November.

Merrill’s family issued a statement saying that the deputy “is ok physically.”

“He’s hurt but going to be ok, but he’s devastated,” the statement said. “One of his best friends died tonight.”

Owen had been with the Pope County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. He leaves behind a wife and son.

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[Featured image: Josh Owen and Karma/Pope County Sheriff’s Office]