Details released in Kensington shooting
The names of the four deputies involved in a May 7 shooting in Kensington have been released by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, along with the name of the injured man.
Three of the deputies — Sgt. Wade Lerfald and deputies Adam Kavanagh and Grant Larson — are from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The fourth deputy, investigator Jonathan Danner, is from the Grant County Sheriff's Office.
The injured man has been identified as John Kampmeyer, 64, of Baltic, South Dakota. He was shot while swinging the handle of an ax at deputies after he was told to move his broken-down vehicle, according to the BCA.
Kampmeyer remains hospitalized at St. Cloud Hospital, where is being treated for non-life threatening gunshot injuries.
All four deputies are on administrative leave. According to the BCA, here's how they were involved:
• Kavanagh, who has been with the sheriff's office for 11 years, used his firearm and Taser during the incident and was treated for minor injuries.
• Lerfald, who has been with the sheriff's office for 22 years, used his Taser.
• Larson, who has been with the sheriff's office for three years, didn't use any weapons, but was treated for minor injuries.
• Danner has been with the sheriff's office for 14 years. He used his baton during the incident.
Here's what happened, according to the BCA:
At about 12:30 a.m. May 7, Larson approached Kampmeyer, who had been living in his vehicle since it broke down three days earlier. Larson told Kampmeyer if he did not move the vehicle it would be towed. Kampmeyer walked away from Larson, who then called for backup.
Around 12:55 a.m., deputies located Kampmeyer standing on Central Avenue North, between Rostedt and State streets.
When deputies approached Kampmeyer, he began swinging what deputies described as a long ax handle without the ax head. The deputies used a baton and their Tasers to attempt to gain control of Kampmeyer, but were unsuccessful.
During the altercation, Kavanagh fell onto this back and Kampmeyer approached him with the long ax handle. The BCA said that was when Kavanagh fired his gun, striking Kampmeyer.
Kampmeyer was taken to the hospital in St. Cloud, while Kavanagh and Larson were taken to Alomere Health, treated for minor injuries and released.
BCA crime investigators were called to the scene and recovered a four-foot piece of wood. Body cameras worn by the deputies captured the incident.
The BCA, at the request of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, is actively investigating the incident. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Douglas County Attorney's Office for review.
The incident occurred near the West Central Area South Elementary School at 31 Central Avenue North in Kensington.
The road in front of the school entrance was closed and classes were cancelled for students on May 7. The incident was not connected to the school and the general public was not in any danger, said Sheriff Troy Wolbersen.
Echo Press News Editor Al Edenloff contributed to this story.