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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Woman shot during drug bust

Duluth News Tribune
Associated Press

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. - A woman was shot Thursday during a drug raid by the Southeastern Minnesota Narcotics Task Force and other area law enforcement agencies.

Officials said Rochester police officer Tracy Nepper's handgun discharged as she and seven other members of the task force executed a search warrant at a second-floor apartment in Stewartville just before 8 a.m.

The bullet struck Andrea Ashley, 21, of Lake Mills, who was visiting the apartment, authorities said. She was taken to St. Marys Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life threatening, authorities said.

Officers said at a news conference that they found marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms in the residence, but didn't arrest anyone.

The officers involved in the raid were conducting a "knock first" search, but had to bust through what was described as a "fortified entrance" when the occupants of the apartment refused to answer the door, authorities said.

Nepper has been with the Rochester Police Department for 4 1/2 years. It wasn't clear if she meant to fire the gun, or if the shooting was accidental.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

Stewartville is about 10 miles south of Rochester in southeastern Minnesota.


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