William Schindler, 26, of Granite Falls (Image courtesy Yellow Medicine County jail.)

On Monday, a law enforcement officer was shot and wounded during a police use-of-force incident in Granite Falls. On Friday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) identified the offender and officer involved.

Willmar Police Officer Jason Hay, who fired his gun at the scene, was the law enforcement officer wounded by a bullet fired by William Schindler, 26, of Granite Falls, who was not injured when officers served a warrant for his arrest. An undercover agent for the Swift County Sheriff’s Office on the scene also fired his gun, but his identity was not released.

According to the BCA, Hay went to the hospital where he was treated and released. After a standoff, Schindler surrendered and was arrested without incident. He was taken to the Yellow Medicine County Jail to await charges in connection to this incident.

Crime scene personnel recovered evidence from inside the home, including multiple firearms and cartridge casings. Portions of the incident were captured on squad and body-worn cameras. BCA agents are reviewing that footage as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Granite Falls Police Department asked the BCA to investigate this incident. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without a charging recommendation to the Yellow Medicine County Attorney’s Office for review.​