Deputies Involved in Deadly Shooting in Crow Wing Co. ID'd

Updated: 08/17/2013 1:11 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

Authorities have identified two deputies involved in a deadly shooting of a man earlier this week in St. Mathias Township, south of Brainerd.

Crow Wing County Sheriff's deputies Scott Goddard and Adam Kronstedt have been placed on administrative leave, according to the sheriff's office.

Goddard received a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The deputies will remain on leave until they're ready to return to work, according to the sheriff's office. Both deputies are doing well.

On Wednesday, Goddard and Kronstedt responded to a 911 call by a man, who asked that emergency services to be sent to a home along Sleepy Hollow Road near Crow Wing Lake.

No one answered the door at the home when deputies arrived. Deputies then heard a single gunshot from the woods, south of the home, the sheriff's office reported.

Donald Peter Johnson, 50, was found in a tree stand, armed and threatening to shoot officers at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. Authorities deployed more resources and began negotiations, including non-deadly gas to get him down.

After several hours, Johnson began leaving the stand and appeared to want to surrender, according to the sheriff's office.

That's when Johnson retreated back to the tree stand and started shooting at officers, wounding Goddard. Johnson was killed during the shooting.

Goddard, who was taken to Essential Medical Center, has since been released.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is performing an autopsy on Johnson.
The sheriff's office, the Baxter and Brainerd police departments, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and paramedics responded to the scene.

Investigation by the sheriff's office and BCA is ongoing.