Minneapolis Police Chief: Wayzata Officer Dies after Being Hit; Hwy 12 Partially Opened

September 08, 2017 05:20 PM

At his public swearing-in ceremony, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo asked for a moment of silence for the Wayzata officer he said was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on Highway 12 early Friday afternoon.

A source also confirmed to KSTP that a Wayzata police officer was hit. The highway remains closed on the eastbound from Shoreline Drive to County Road 101. Westbound Hwy. 12 reopened around 4 p.m.

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The crash happened near a pedestrian bypass. 

The officer was said to be outside of his vehicle when he was struck. He was transported from the scene by ambulance with two police squad cars accompanying. 

A tweet from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said a press conference is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Wayzata Police Department.

Many law enforcement agencies from around the metro area have tweeted their condolences.

"Thoughts and prayers are with Wayzata, the officer and their family during this tragic time - a terrible day for MN," read a tweet from St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell.

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This is a developing news story. Check back with KSTP.com for updates.

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