WALKER -- Cass County Attorney Earl Maus informed Sheriff Randy Fisher in a letter dated June 7 that Deputy Robert Karbowski was justified in using deadly force when he shot a Cass Lake area man in the leg May 27.
A warrant has been issued for the man Karbowski shot when responding to a domestic dispute call, Maus said in an interview Monday. The man, however, has yet to turn himself in to authorities, he said.
Attempts to locate the man since his release from the hospital have been unsuccessful, Maus said.
Maus said he reviewed investigative materials and reports from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Cass County Sheriff's Department and the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department before determining the shooting was justified under state statutes concerning authorized use of deadly force by a peace officer.
According to information the sheriff's department issued shortly after the incident, Karbowski was the first officer to respond to a Pike Bay Township residence near Cass Lake. A woman reportedly had been assaulted.
Karbowski found a 47-year-old Cass Lake man at the residence who was carrying two cased firearms. When the man threatened Karbowski and began uncasing one of the guns, the deputy shot the man in the leg.
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