Details emerge in Oakdale police shooting

Additional information has been released about the man who was shot and later died after Oakdale police and an agent from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension attempted to execute a drug-related search warrant on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 28.

Just before 8 a.m. police arrived at the home of 53-year-old Mark A. Kuzel, a home that authorities suspected was linked to a marijuana growing operation, according to media reports. Police announced themselves at the door of the tan split-level house on the 2700 block of Granite Avenue. When there was no response, they entered, according to the St. Paul Police Department, which is handling the investigation.

Kuzel, who was inside the house, shot one officer in the arm, and another officer, Joe Groppoli, reportedly returned fire. The team retreated to the door and began talking with Kuzel, who revealed his desire to avoid prison. After hearing a single gunshot, the officers reportedly re-entered and found Kuzel with a single gunshot wound to his head.

Two ambulances were sent to the premises, one for the officer and one for the suspect. Both were transported to Region’s Hospital where the suspect was pronounced dead. 

According to court records, Kuzel had two drunken driving convictions from 20 years ago, and one conviction for leaving the scene of an accident.

The Oakdale officer, whose name has not been released, is expected to recover from the gunshot wound.

Aundrea Kinney can be reached at akinney@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7822.

 

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