A man who fled authorities in a stolen vehicle was killed Wednesday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting in St. James, Minn., about two hours southwest of Minneapolis, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said.
Officers from at least five agencies were involved; the BCA did not say which officers or how many fired shots. The officer involved has been placed on standard administrative leave, the agency said.
The man's name has not been released.
The incident started late Wednesday morning when deputies in Nicollet County spotted a vehicle in LaFayette, Minn., that had been reported stolen in New Ulm, Minn.
There was a chase, but it was called off for safety reasons, the BCA said.
About a half-hour later, the vehicle was spotted in St. James. Officers followed it until the driver drove into a snowbank and then fled on foot.
The man ran into Casey's General Store and shots were heard from the store, according to local media reports.
The BCA said several officers used a Taser on the man, and later an officer shot him with a firearm. He was pronounced dead at a St. James hospital.
Investigators found a knife at the scene, the BCA said. One officer suffered a noncritical injury, the agency said.
None of the officers was wearing a body camera, and there is no dash camera footage of the incident, the BCA said.
The BCA said it is interviewing witnesses. When the investigation is done, findings will be turned over to the Watonwan County attorney's office.
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