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Duluth police officer charged with domestic assault
By News Tribune Today at 7:14 p.m.

A Duluth police officer has been cited for misdemeanor domestic assault after an incident in Midway Township early Sunday.

Todd Kuusisto, 37, who has been with the Duluth Police Department since 2004, is slated to appear in court for arraignment on Dec. 3.

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According to a report from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, someone placed a 911 call to report an erratic driver near Interstate 35 and Midway Road at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. While responding to that call, a deputy was flagged down by a woman standing by the side of the road.

The woman appeared to have injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. A resulting investigation led to Kuusisto’s arrest later Sunday at the Public Safety Building in Duluth. He was taken to the St. Louis County Jail, and later released.

Kuusisto, who works in the patrol division, was not on duty at the time of the alleged assault. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigation and his police powers have been revoked.

In a letter filed with the court on Tuesday, the alleged victim of the assault asked that an order of protection put in place after the incident be lifted.

She wrote that she wasn’t sure of the details of the incident because it happened quickly. She said Kuusisto punched a vehicle’s mirror and windshield during an argument, and that it “probably was the mirror that hit me in the face. …

“I do not feel like I am in any harm around him,” she wrote.

The woman told the court that Kuusisto is undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, and that she wants to continue working with him on counseling.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said in a statement Monday that he sets “high expectations for staff, and they are held to a high standard of conduct. I am disappointed to learn about this incident but will refrain from further comment until the investigations are complete.”

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