Sheriff's deputy strikes, kills 84-year-old man

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Story primitively published Dec. 25, 2021By WCCO-TV StaffDecember 26, 2021 astatine 10:38 am

WRIGHT COUNTY, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal mishap betwixt a Wright County sheriff’s lawman and an 84-year-old pedestrian.

According to the authorities patrol, a lawman successful a Wright County Sheriff’s Office squad conveyance was responding to a aesculapian exigency Thursday evening earlier the incident. The lawman struck a pedestrian successful a driveway connected the 400 artifact of Main Street North successful St. Michael.

Harold Welter astatine the St. Michael Fire Department’s 100-year celebration. (credit: St. Michael Fire Department)

The pedestrian, identified arsenic 84-year-old Harold Welter, suffered fatal injuries. Welter was a firefighter successful St. Michael for 23 years.

The victim, Harold Welter was a firefighter for 23 years successful St. Michael from 1969-1992. pic.twitter.com/exWrmyaRUu

— Kirsten Mitchell (@Kirsten_TV) December 26, 2021

The deputy, 37-year-old Dustin Hatzenbeller of Otsego, was not injured.

The roadworthy conditions were snowy and icy astatine the clip of the crash.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office requested that the authorities patrol analyse the incident. The sheriff’s bureau said Hatzenbeller has “cooperated fully” with the investigation. He is connected paid administrative leave.

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