BLACKDUCK (AP) -- Blackduck's new police chief remained hospitalized in good condition Tuesday after he was wounded in a shootout at a motel that left the suspect dead.
Police Chief Matt Grossell and a Beltrami County deputy were called to the AmericInn Motel here just after 5 a.m. Monday to check on a customer who was agitated and acting strange, Sheriff Keith Winger said. The suspect was sitting at a table in the breakfast lounge when they arrived.
When the two officers approached, the man "pulled a gun from his belt and started shooting," Winger said. He said the suspect fired several shots.
Grossell, 35, of Deer River, was hit in the arm and the deputy fired one shot, killing the suspect, Mark Allen Patch, 26, of Blackduck, the sheriff said.
Grossell was taken to the North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji, where he was recovering Tuesday after surgery.
"I think he's going to be fine," Winger said.
Grossell was named Blackduck police chief earlier this month.
Blackduck is 25 miles northeast of Bemidji in northern Minnesota.
The deputy was placed on a three-day administrative leave and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting in many communities in greater Minnesota.
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