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Hennepin County deputy injured in Minnetonka shooting released from hospital

New details are emerging surrounding the shooting of two deputies at a Minnetonka residence


New details are emerging surrounding the shooting of two deputies at a Minnetonka residence

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MINNETONKA, Minn. — The deputy who was shot Wednesday afternoon while serving a search warrant in Minnetonka was released from the hospital Thursday.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Christopher Heihn was surrounded by hundreds of first responders as he left the hospital. Heihn has been with the HCSO since 2016 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for thirteen years.

“Deputy Heihn is an integral part of our Sheriff’s Office family, and we honor his courage and dedication to public safety,” the HCSO said. “We thank our communities and our brothers and sisters in the law enforcement family for the outpouring of support we have received during this challenging time.”

Heihn was shot Wednesday while searching for a person with a felony warrant. He, along with another deputy, responded to a home in the 13000 block of Crestwood Drive East around 11:15 a.m.

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said a man shot at the deputies, who returned fire. The man was killed during the gunfight.

He was identified by the family as 28-year-old Clint Hoyhtya. Hoyhtya’s father told WCCO Thursday that his son was not targeted by the officers who attempted to serve. He believed one of the three people he had evicted from his home was one of the targets.

He added that he believed his son may have deliberately shot at officers in an attempt to end his life.

Heihn underwent surgery on Wednesday. Hennepin County Sheriff Dawanna Witt said his injuries were “very serious” but not life-threatening. The other deputy was also wounded during the shootout, although he was not hit by gunfire, Witt said.

Note: The above video first aired on April 11, 2024.

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