Grand Jury convenes in Minnesota City deputy shooting

by Nickalas Tabbert

A grand jury will meet in Winona County Monday involving a fatal shooting by a sheriff's deputy, the Associated Press said.

A Hennepin County prosecutor will present the findings of a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation into the shooting of 25-year-old Chase Edward Kolstad in Minnesota City on Sept. 14.  The grand jury will determine if there's enough evidence to bring criminal charges against Deputy John Hazelton.

The grand jury proceedings are scheduled to last three days, Winona County Sherrif David Brand told KAGE.

The BCA said authorities had been trying to find Kolstad after getting reports that he was armed and suicidal.  Authorities found Kolstad on the Hwy. 61 bridge in Minnesota City where he was pointing a weapon at himself.   The BCA says Kolstad then pointed the weapon at officers and was shot.

Hazelton, a 10 year veteran with the Winona County Sheriff's Office, was the only officer to fire his weapon, a WEAU article said.