Woman shot by trooper on I-94 pointed a gun to his head, appeared to pull the trigger

The 19-year State Patrol veteran was lucky to escape with his life.
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The 19-year State Patrol veteran was lucky to escape with his life.

A routine crash response turned into a life-and-death situation for a Minnesota state trooper.

We reported earlier this week how the trooper shot a woman in the arm shortly after her vehicle had crashed in wintry conditions on I-94 east of Moorhead.

Now more details have emerged that explain why the trooper opened fire.

The two people in the car, 29-year-old Domonique Crayton and the 30-year-old woman referred to as MVG, had outstanding warrants for kidnapping and other felony charges in Wisconsin.

The car they were driving was also stolen, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Trooper Mark Peterson realized this shortly after arriving at the crash scene on Monday.

He positioned his squad car so the pair, from Milwaukee, couldn't leave.

(Crayton has been charged in relation to the incident, but as MVG hasn't yet, GoMN will not be naming her).

She pointed a gun at his head

As Peterson tried to handcuff Crayton, MVG is said to have got out of the car and pointed a 9MM handgun at him.

Criminal charges reported by MPR state that she then "held the gun to the head of the trooper and appeared to pull the trigger."

The gun, thankfully, did not fire, and Peterson pulled himself and Crayton towards the back of the car. As MVG tried to fire the gun again, he shot her in the right arm.

She then ran off into a field where Peterson found her a short time later, taking her into custody before she was transferred to a hospital in Fargo.

The BCA says Peterson is a 19-year veteran of the State Patrol, and is currently on standard administrative leave.

Police say the shooting was captured on dashcam video, though there's no body cam footage.

Crayton is facing felony charges including damage to property and receiving stolen property.

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