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Investigators identify man accused of shooting Minnesota officer with arrow

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Authorities have identified the man suspected of shooting a Stearns County deputy with an arrow.

Ramey James Olson, 31, of Alexandria, was released from a hospital Saturday, Sept. 15, and booked into the Stearns County Jail on probable cause felony assault, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

During a standoff, Olson allegedly struck Stearns Deputy Paul Orvis in the arm with an arrow fired from a compound bow from the second floor of a Sauk Centre home on Thursday, Sept. 13, according to a Stearns County Sheriff's Office news release. More than one officer returned gunfire, Stearns County officials said.

The BCA on Saturday identified Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Anthony Butler and Melrose Police Department Officer Patrick Nechanicky as having fired gunshots at Olson. Sgt. Joseph Jensen of the Sauk Center Police Department fired his Taser.

Butler and Nechanicky are on standard administrative leave.

After officers fired back, Olson was taken into custody with a gunshot wound to his shoulder and buttocks and a grazing wound on one of his hands, the sheriff's office said.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer-involved shooting portion of the incident. The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating the assault on Orvis.

The incident started with a call of a stolen pickup in Osakis, which crashed into a garage in Sauk Centre. Olson is accused of using the homeowner's bow to shoot Orvis.

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