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Two deputies on leave after officer-involved shooting in Sabin, Minn

Law enforcement officers responded to a Sabin home Saturday night after receiving a report of a suicidal man with a knife. A sheriff's deputy ended up shooting at the man, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. WDAY photo

SABIN, Minn. — Two Clay County sheriff’s deputies are on paid administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting here.

Lt. Mark Empting said the deputies were dispatched to a home in south Sabin about 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, on a report of a suicidal man with a knife.

They encountered the man upon arrival at the home near 80th Avenue South, and a deputy fired his gun at him, Empting said.

The man was first taken to a local hospital, then to the Clay County Jail. He has not yet been charged, the sheriff's department said.

Empting would not say whether the man was struck by gunfire, nor whether the man was treated for a gunshot wound.

“He was treated and released,” Empting said. “I’m not going into why.”

Authorities declined to release the man’s name. Empting said the deputies’ names won’t be released at this time either, but that placing them on paid leave is standard procedure in cases like this.

Moorhead, Dilworth and Glyndon police, along with the Minnesota State Patrol, responded to the incident.

The case is being investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Moorhead police.