UPDATE: Man killed in shootout in Cyrus, Minnesota identified

April 20, 2023

ST PAUL, Minn. (KFGO) – The man who shot at two law enforcement officers and killed another in west-central Minnesota has been identified by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The suspect, 34-year-old Bryan Nygard of Cyrus, died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Two Pope County deputies and a Starbuck police officer responded to a domestic violence call at an apartment last Saturday night.

They went inside and spoke to Nygard and a woman. When they told Nygard he was under arrest, he stood up and began firing. Deputy Joshua Owen was shot three times and died.

Deputy Brody Merrill was struck once in his bulletproof vest. Starbuck police officer Alex Olson was shot in the ankle. The woman left before the shootout began. The three officers were all wearing body cameras.

Owen’s memorial service is being held Saturday at the Minnewaska school gymnasium in Glenwood, Minnesota.