Suspect Dead, Child Safe After North Branch Carjacking, Authorities Say

July 10, 2017 07:54 PM

The suspect in a carjacking in North Branch Monday morning has died after being shot by law enforcement, but his 7-year-old daughter, who was with him at the time, is safe.

Though authorities say she was in the car at the time of the shooting.


The Chisago County Sheriff's Office said the suspect, whose name is being withheld pending notification of relatives, was located by law enforcement in rural Fish Lake Township outside the town of Harris sometime around 10 a.m. Monday.

The release states law enforcement officers on the scene fired shots and the suspect was killed.

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Deputies were first dispatched to assist the North Branch Police Department after a reported suspicious person call evolved into the carjacking of a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, the department states.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, authorities said the original call came at around 7:30 a.m. from the 6600 block of Maple Street where a suspicious person was observed accompanied by a small child.

They also said there was no reason yet to believe he had any ties to North Branch nor did they have any information to present on his record.

Other agencies, including the Minnesota State Patrol, responded as well.

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According to the release, at around 9:51 a.m., the suspect reportedly called OnStar and requested someone come and get his daughter. He is also alleged to have been making suicidal threats.

North Branch police later confirmed the child was located safely. Though at the press conference Monday, authorities said she was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is now conducting the investigation, calling it an officer-involved shooting.

The carjacking is reported to have occurred near the 37900 block of Greenway Avenue.

The stolen vehicle was described as a black 2014 Chevy Impala with Minnesota license plate 832-PUV. Chopper 5 later located a car matching that license plate on the side of a field at 5400 block of 460th Street in Harris.


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