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Deputy in Shooting Identified

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Deputy involved in the use-of-force incident last week in Red Wing.

On Nov. 22, Deputy Steve Sutton-Brown shot 24-year old Fernando Javier Carbajal of Red Wing during a physical altercation. Sutton-Brown has been a law enforcement officer for 19.5 years. He is on standard administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of investigation. Just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, witnesses called 911 to report a vehicle crashed into a telephone pole near Bay Point Park. The driver left the vehicle and was walking away from the crash. Deputy Sutton-Brown was taking part in training nearby and arrived on the scene first. Witnesses say the man later identified as Carbajal charged the deputy as he approached and the two engaged in a physical altercation. Because Sutton-Brown had come from training, he did not have his normal array of tools, including less-lethal options like aerosol, a baton or a Taser. At one point during the altercation Sutton-Brown fell and injured his foot. He discharged his firearm three times. Carbajal was unarmed.

After being shot, he was transported to Mayo Clinic-Red Wing, then Mayo Clinic-Rochester where he was treated and released into the custody of the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office. He has since been charged in connection to this incident.

After a court appearance, Carbajal posted bail and is no longer in custody. Sutton-Brown was also treated for his injury at Mayo Clinic-Red Wing. The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office requested that the BCA investigate the incident. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Goodhue County Attorney’s Office for review.

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