The deputy who shot his firearm following a carjacking in Saginaw on Jan. 29 was identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Wednesday.
Deputy Jason Kuhnly is on standard administrative leave. He's been with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office for seven years.
The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office previously identified the man who died during the incident as Scott Michael Jordon, 34, of Duluth. The medical examiner found that Jordon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Kuhnly is reported to have fired a shot at Jordon but did not hit him.
The incident started in the parking lot of a Super One Foods store at the intersection of U.S. Highway 53 and Midway Road when Jordon is alleged to have pointed a gun at a woman and her 16-year-old son. The suspect left by vehicle with the woman and boy, but the vehicle went off the road near the Saginaw Union Station around 6 p.m.
The suspect fled the scene and two sheriff's deputies working with a K-9 pursued him and tracked him to a wooded area in the 6900 block of Seville Road around 6:15 p.m. where Jordon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Kuhnly had previously been involved in another shooting in Hermantown in 2019. The deputy exchanged gunfire with Timothy Russell Majchrzak, who fled arrest and fired a weapon at Kuhnly.
Kuhnly shot Majchrzak while Deputy Troy Fralich struck the suspect with his squad car. Majchrzak died on the scene. A retired St. Louis County prosecutor and the Cook County attorney later said the deputies were justified in using deadly force.
This story originally misidentified the prosecutors who reviewed the 2019 Hermantown case. It was updated at 9:33 a.m. Feb. 4. It was originally posted at 6:05 p.m. Feb. 3. The News Tribune regrets the error.