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.
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.
You can see a vehicle with a smashed windshield and debris on the side of the road pic.twitter.com/oM7l4DVmni— Brett Hoffland (@BrettHoffland) September 8, 2017
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.
MEDIA: update on Wayzata incident tentatively at 4:30 at Wayzata PD.— Hennepin Sheriff (@HennepinSheriff) September 8, 2017
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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Thoughts and prayers are with Wayzata, the officer and their family during this tragic time - a terrible day for MN pic.twitter.com/A2N9AoINDT— Todd Axtell (@ToddAxtell) September 8, 2017
Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in blue at Wayzata. Our entire law enforcement family feels your loss.#stay strong— Washington County SO (@WCSO_Minnesota) September 8, 2017
This is a developing news story. Check back with KSTP.com for updates.
Theresa Malloy and Frank Rajkowski
Updated: September 08, 2017 05:20 PM
Created: September 08, 2017 01:05 PM
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