The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the North Dakota man and woman found dead in the snow after a Douglas County sheriff's deputy was shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle report.
Katie Ray Christopherson, 29, and Devin Blowers, 24, both died of gunshot wounds. Both were from Fargo, ND.
Police found the bodies of the two near an outlying property about four hours after a Douglas County deputy was shot while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle at 3140 50th Street in Hudson Township, Minn.
The deputy was also identified Wednesday as Dustin Alexander, a 3-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and a member of the SWAT team.
The medical examiner listed Christopherson's cause of death as homicide by gunshot wound, but Blowers is believed to have fatally shot himself. A handgun and shotgun were found near the bodies.
DEPUTY SHOT WHILE RETURNING WITH ID
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident, which began at 9:51 p.m.. on Monday.
According to the preliminary investigation, Alexander had asked both Christopherson and Blowers for identification before briefly returning to his squad. About 5 minutes later, Alexander returned to the vehicle and was shot in the chest.
Investigators said Blowers pulled the trigger, and the bullet struck Alexander's bullet-resistant vest.
The BCA also confirmed that Alexander did return fire, but did not specify if either Blowers or Christopherson were struck. The two fled in their vehicle before it became stuck in the snow about 50 or 60 yards up the road, and both then fled on foot.
Anderson was treated and released following the shooting, but was not seriously injured. He remains on standard administrative leave.