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Suspect apprehended in Norman County deputy shooting near Perley

A law enforcement vehicle blocks a road at the intersection of Norman County 12 and 39 east of Perley Tuesday morning. Darren Gibbins / The Forum

PERLEY, Minn. – A suspect has been apprehended in a shooting that wounded a Norman County deputy early Tuesday morning near Perley.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said an arrest took place about 10:40 a.m. not far from where the shooting occurred.

He said the incident began about 8:30 a.m., when a Norman County Deputy made a traffic stop on County Road 39 east of Perley.

At some point during the stop, the deputy and the driver of the car exchanged gunfire and the deputy was wounded, Bergquist said.

The deputy, who is not being named, was taken to a Fargo hospital, according to Bergquist.

The Norman County Sheriff’s Department declined to answer questions this morning, stating authorities there were busy dealing with the situation.

Perley is located just east of the Red River and roughly 23 miles north of Moorhead on Highway 75.

A number of facilities in Norman County went into full lockdown until the situation was resolved.

That includes the Benedictine Living Community in Ada and the nearby Bridges Medical Center, according to Tyler Huemberg, administrator and CEO at Benedictine Living Community.

Huemberg said the facilities were put in lockdown, meaning that no one was allowed to enter or leave buildings except for employees and only when necessary.

Those lockdowns, and one at Norman County West Elementary School, were lifted after word of the arrest spread.

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