Brief Chase in Twin Cities Suburb Ends in Fatal Police Shooting
Robbinsdale, MN (KROC-AM News) - There was a fatal officer-involved shooting in the Twin Cities this morning.
A news release issued this afternoon by the Robbinsdale Police Department says a criminal suspect was fatally shot by an officer following a brief chase. Police chief Patrick Foley says the pursuit began shortly before 11 AM when Robbinsdale police officers attempted to stop a vehicle registered to a man wanted on a felony arrest warrant. The short chase ended when the officers blocked the vehicle on a residential street.
Chief Foley says an adult male armed with a knife then opened the driver's door and got out of the vehicle. Despite repeated commands to drop the weapon and an unsuccessful attempt to use a Taser to subdue him, the chief says the man continued to charge at the officers in an aggressive manner holding the knife. That is when one of the officers fired his gun and shot the suspect.
The news release says the officers at the scene immediately attempted lifesaving measures, but the man died at the scene. His name and the name of the Robbinsdale officer who shot him have not been released.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is in charge of the investigation.
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