Minnesota deputy shot with arrow stops by sheriff's office

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Deputy Paul Orvis. Photo: Stearns County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy shot in the arm with a crossbow arrow in Sauk Centre, Minnesota returned to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office on Friday morning to say hello and let his coworkers know he's on his way to a full recovery.

Deputy Paul Orvis was shot in left forearm and underwent surgery to remove the arrow shaft. He was also treated for a possible broken arm. Orvis is a 17-year veteran on the force and recently made the Stearns County Sheriff's Office newsletter for adopting a stray kitten he found on patrol.

According to Sheriff Don Gudmundson, a black pickup truck stolen in Osakis, Minn. pulled into a John Deere parking lot at about 10 a.m. Thursday morning and struck a building. The pickup then drove through multiple backyards in a neighborhood and struck parked cars before crashing into a garage on 10th Street.

The 31-year-old suspect then went into the home, where he found the homeowner's compound bow. When officials went inside the house, he appeared on the second floor and shot Deputy Orvis with the crossbow.

Multiple officers from different agencies fired shots at the suspect. After two hours of negotiations, officials subdued him with a Taser and took him to St. Cloud Hospital. The suspect was being treated for gunshot wounds to the shoulder and buttocks and a graze wound to his hand.

St. Cloud Police Department will investigate the assault on Deputy Orvis, while the officer-involved shooting will be investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Charges are pending.