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Published March 23, 2013, 11:19 AM

Minneapolis SWAT officer wins big on TV reality show

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis police SWAT officer is the big winner on a television reality show.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis police SWAT officer is the big winner on a television reality show.

Forty-five-year-old Officer Tony Caspers of Blaine beat 13 other SWAT officers in a competition on the Outdoor Channel.

Caspers was declared the winner Wednesday night of a reality television series called ETU — Elite Tactical Unit.

Caspers and other officers from around the U.S. battled drug kingpins and returned pretend gunfire in a series of make-believe scenarios that included raiding houses and rescuing hostages. The officers used laser guns rather than live ammunition.

Caspers is a 24-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. The Star Tribune reports he won $10,000 for himself and $100,000 of equipment for the Minneapolis Police Department's SWAT unit.

The episodes will re-air on the Outdoor Channel next month.

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