BCA: St. Cloud officer shot suspect twice in leg

- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released the name Wednesday of a St. Cloud police officer who shot a suspect Monday night, giving an outline of the events leading up to the incident.

Five officers were placed on standard administrative leave, and the suspect is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at St. Cloud Hospital.

Sergeant Nathan Stewart, a 14-year veteran of the force, was called along with several other officers to a home at 7118 Northwood Lane in St. Cloud just before midnight to check on a reported domestic assault. 

The suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Lazaro Diaz, broke out of the home's back window when officers arrived and fired several shots while running around the house. Ultimately, he ran around a corner and came into contact with Sgt. Stewart, who shot Diaz in the leg twice while two other officers used tasers and a K9 to subdue him.

The St. Cloud Police Department does not use body cameras, and is still looking into the domestic assault while the BCA completes its investigation. 




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