Bloomington police surround an apartment building where a stabbing suspect was shot and killed.

Joel Koyama, Star Tribune

Bloomington cop shoots, kills knife-wielding man

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE
  • Star Tribune
  • November 4, 2010 - 11:03 PM

A Bloomington police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man Thursday in the hallway of a Lyndale Avenue apartment building.

The suspect, armed with two knives, confronted the officer when police responded to a reported disturbance and found another man at the building who had been stabbed, said Bloomington police Cmdr. Mark Stehlik.

The suspect died at the scene; the stabbing victim was taken to a hospital.

Stehlik did not know the wounded man's condition.

"The whole thing happened within five minutes -- probably a lot less," he said. He spoke as investigators worked behind police tape at the three-story building at 9150 Lyndale Av.

Several hours later, about 9:30 p.m., Stehlik said he still could not discuss details about what occurred just before the shooting -- for example, he said, he could not say whether the suspect charged at the officer or ignored commands. The investigation was continuing, he said.

But, as he had noted earlier in the day, "All indications are that the officers did an outstanding job."

The dead man carried no identification, but by 9:30 p.m., police had "a pretty good working understanding of who he is," Stehlik said. He added that his name would be released by the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.

Police would not say how the dead man knew the stabbing victim. Nor was any information available about whether the suspect had any mental health or chemical issues.

Stehlik said that the incident began about 2:40 p.m. with a call to police about a disturbance. Several officers responded to the building, but only one officer fired at the suspect, Stehlik said.

When the suspect was shot, the stabbing victim still was at the building awaiting an ambulance's arrival, Stehlik said.

The officer's name has yet to be released. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, standard in such cases.

Anthony Lonetree • 612-673-4109

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