Wounded Willmar Police Officer is Back Home

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(KWLM/Willmar, MN) On Saturday, a caravan of law enforcement and emergency vehicles brought the recovering Willmar police officer who was stabbed during a deadly confrontation with a man Friday morning back home.

The officer, whose name has not yet been released, was stabbed several times by 38-year-old Jose Lozano at Lozano’s mother’s home in southeast Willmar early Friday morning.

During the struggle Lozano was fatally shot, and Lozano’s mother also suffered knife wounds.

The officer was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital, but her doctor ruled she could come back to Willmar to continue her recovery, and the caravan brought her back home.

The investigation into the incident continues.

The BCA has said they are looking into whether there is body cam footage of the incident. All Willmar police officers are outfitted with body cameras.

In July of 2017 two Willmar police officers shot and wounded Matthew Smith at his Willmar home after Smith pointed a gun at them. At that time, Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt said no officer wants to have to resort to shooting a suspect:

In the Smith case,  it was ruled the shooting was justified, and Smith was convicted of threats of violence.

The conviction was upheld by the Minnesota Court of Appeals last week.

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