Hennepin County Attorney: Maple Grove officer was justified in shooting of man with knife

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A Maple Grove police officer was justified in shooting and wounding a man armed with a knife, Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman said on Friday.

“Officer Jeffrey Albers appropriately used deadly force because he and his partner faced death or great bodily harm from the then 50-year-old DeWayne Burlingham on the night of Feb. 7,” Freeman’s office said in a statement to the news media.

Albers fired twice, hitting Burlingham in his abdomen, right forearm, and right leg. He was eventually released from the hospital.