Minnesota Sheriff’s Deputy Shot And Killed In The Line Of Duty

A Minnesota Sheriff’s Deputy Was Shot And Killed On His Birthday Saturday Evening.

Saturday, Starbuck Police Department along with two deputies from the Pope County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported domestic call. When units arrived on scene in the 400 block of N. Stromen Street. Officers made contact with the complainant. After a short investigation officers advised a male individual he was under arrest for domestic assault.

When attempting the arrest, the suspect pulled out a gun, shooting 3 officers, killing one, injuring two, Officers returned gunfire, hitting and killing the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Lifesaving efforts were given to both Deputy Owen and the suspect.

Unfortunately Deputy Joshua Owen was transported to the local hospital, later passing away from his injuries. The other deputy was treated for his injuries and released, The Starbuck Police Officer had minor injuries only.

Brian Peters with the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association said in a statement that Owens’ killing will have an impact on recruitment, retention and the mental health and well-being of law enforcement and first responders.

The statement continued “This killing is a senseless act of violence and hate towards police officers who put everything on the line to serve and protect our community. This goes to show the dangers of being a police officer, a ‘normal’ day could turn into their last day.

Owen was honored last month by the Pope County Sheriff’s Office with the Distinguished Service Award, after helping save a man who was pulled from a house fire. Owen administrated CPR, saving the house fire victim.

Reports state Deputy Owen was killed on his birthday. Owen father posted on Facebook stating “I’m numb at this moment, Josh came into the world April 15, 1979, And on this day was taken from us.” “Rest Easy My Son.”