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Authorities identify man killed in shooting in Gilbert

GILBERT, Minn. — Authorities have identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting that took place during a foot pursuit in Gilbert on Friday, Dec. 22.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office determined that the man, identified as Jeffrey John Golnick, 40, of Chaska died of gunshot injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

A St. Louis County sheriff's deputy was wounded in the incident. He was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth and was released, according to the BCA.

The BCA reported that it expects to release the names of the officers involved in Friday's shooting early this week once initial interviews with the officers and witnesses are completed.

According to the BCA:

At about 1:15 p.m. Friday, the sheriff's deputy and a Gilbert police officer were attempting to locate a person who was wanted on a warrant.

They found a vehicle believed to be connected with that person on the 100 block of Michigan Avenue West in Gilbert, and an individual exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The officers pursued.

Shots were fired, and Golnick was pronounced dead at the scene. The BCA said a handgun was recovered at the scene.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections listed Golnick as a "wanted fugitive" on Nov. 21. Golnick was convicted of use of deadly force against a peace officer and sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection to a shooting incident in Virginia in October 2005, according to court records. The News Tribune reported in 2005 that Golnick was one of three people in a 45-minute standoff at a house in Virginia, which included shots fired from within the house, that began when officers attempted to execute a search warrant at the house. Golnick was released from prison in April 2016, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

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