Local troopers given award by Minnesota State Patrol

(ABC 6 News) – Friday, the Minnesota State Patrol honored troopers and fellow Minnesotans who went above and beyond to protect others.

Two troopers were honored with the Meritorious Service Award for their efforts during an active shooter situation in Albert Lea in November 2020.

"The shooter had discharged more than 90 rounds into the neighborhood at cars, and at police vehicles. An Albert Lea police officer and two innocent victims had been injured in the incident already," recalled Col. Matt Langer with the Minnesota State Patrol.

"While Trooper Ryan acted as the spotter, Trooper Quern delivered one shot at the suspect. The shooter stopped shooting after that shot was delivered. He surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. The decisive and skilled actions of Troopers Quern and Ryan prevented future rounds from being fired and brought an end to this violent situation."

In total, over 40 officers and citizens were honored during the event.