The Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office has determined that a Grand Rapids police officer used “reasonable and legitimate” force when he fired his weapon at a fleeing vehicle whose driver tried to ram and run patrol units and civilian vehicles off the road July 4.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the incident, which occurred about 5:35 p.m. The BCA presented its finding to the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office for a charging decision. A prosecutor determined that no crime was committed by law enforcement.
The incident started when a suspect tried to flee the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office and a high-speed pursuit ensued. When the fleeing vehicle entered Grand Rapids city limits, Grand Rapids police Officer William Saw discharged his weapon into the suspect’s vehicle. Neither the officer nor suspect was injured.