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Minnesota deputy injured after suspect shoots at helicopter
By FORUM NEWS SERVICE
PUBLISHED: August 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm | UPDATED: August 8, 2016 at 9:30 pm

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CLEARBROOK, Minn. — A northwestern Minnesota sheriff’s deputy suffered injuries from breaking glass when a suspect in a drug investigation fired at a helicopter the Polk County deputy was riding in Monday morning, authorities said.

Carstie Lee Clausen, 71, of Clearbrook, Minn., was arrested Aug. 8, 2016, on suspicion of firing a rifle at a helicopter conducting a drug surveillance operation in northwestern Minnesota. A Polk County sheriff’s deputy on board the aircraft was injured by breaking glass.
Charges are pending against Carstie Lee Clausen of Clearbrook, who reportedly shot twice at the helicopter with a high-powered rifle in the far northwest Minnesota county.
The deputy was not identified in a statement from the Clearwater County sheriff’s office, but it noted that the officer was treated and released from Essentia Hospital in nearby Fosston, Minn.

The shots were fired at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter about 10 a.m. while it flew over an area in rural Clearwater County where suspected drug activity was thought to be occurring, the release said. The Polk County deputy was along in the helicopter as an observer for the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force and was injured when one of the rifle rounds shattered a window.

The aircraft made an emergency landing at the Fosston Municipal Airport.

Clearwater County deputies responded to the area, located just east of the Polk-Clearwater county line, and surrounded a small cabin and located Clausen, 71, hiding in the woods near the cabin. Clausen was taken into custody without further incident, the release said.

Clearwater County property records show Clausen owns land about 16 miles northwest of Bagley.

Apart from a speeding ticket, Clausen appears to have no criminal history in Minnesota.

He was behind a 1975 effort to organize a militia in Eddy Township in Clearwater County, according to a news report from the time. The initiative passed a township vote 29-0. Clausen said at the time that the state and federal governments were trying to deny citizens their right to bear arms.

The Monday incident remains under investigation by local, state and federal authorities.

The Clearwater County sheriff’s office and Polk County sheriff’s office work together regularly on drug activity in the area. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations assist local authorities with these type of investigations.

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