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No public safety issue in Clarkfield shooting incident

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


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

Flaten said Wednesday in an interview that the person is not in custody in Yellow Medicine County but is in a secure facility. He said more information would be released on the case, possibly by this morning.

In a news release Tuesday night, Flaten said agents from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation were at a Clarkfield home 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.