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Chisago County carjacking suspect killed in officer-involved shooting identified

NORTH BRANCH, Minn. — The carjacking suspect shot to death Monday, July 10, by law enforcement officers in Chisago County has been identified.

Gregory Shawn Thrower, 39, of Kinston, N.C., died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to a news release issued Thursday, July 13, by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Police responded to a 911 call of an armed carjacking shortly before 8 a.m. Monday in North Branch, but couldn't immediately find the stolen car, a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, the news release said.

About two hours later, the vehicle communications service OnStar contacted the Chisago County sheriff's office to report that Thrower had contacted OnStar from the stolen vehicle, according to the news release. OnStar connected the sheriff's office dispatcher with Thrower, who made suicidal threats and asked officers to come pick up his daughter, who was in the vehicle with him, the news release said.

Officers located the car in a beanfield near Goose Creek Road and 460th Street in Fish Lake Township. When six Chisago County sheriff's officers and a Minnesota State trooper approached the area, Thrower emerged from a patch of tall reeds about 30 feet from the officers and pointed a handgun at them, according to the news release.

All seven officers fired their weapons, killing Thrower. Thrower's daughter, who was still inside the stolen car, was uninjured, the news release said.

All seven officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave. They were identified Thursday as: Trooper Travis Elmer, who has been with the Minnesota State Patrol for six years; and Chisago County officers Deputy Scotty Finnegan, with the department for 15 months; Deputy Tom Hanson, with the department for eight years; Investigator Cliff Sheppeck, with the department for 13 years; Sgt. Matt Beckman, with the department for 19 years; Sgt. Jason Foster, with the department for 16 years; and Sgt. Kyle Puelston, with the department for 11 years.

There is no dashcam video of the shooting, and none of the officers was wearing a body camera, the news release said.

The BCA is investigating the shooting, while the North Branch Police Department is investigating the carjacking.

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