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BCA releases statement on Coon Rapids shooting

April 18, 2019 10:14 PM

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred in Coon Rapids early Thursday morning.

During a press conference Thursday morning, officials with the Coon Rapids Police Department and the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said officers initiated a traffic stop around 1:30 a.m. at Foley Boulevard and 98th Lane.

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Police said a brief physical altercation occurred before the suspect fled on foot. While fleeing on foot, the suspect exchanged gunfire with Coon Rapids officers.

With the assistance of a police K9, officers were able to locate the suspect.

The BCA released a statement Thursday afternoon that stated law enforcement used dash cameras, body cameras and a law enforcement drone during the incident. Investigators will determine whether and how much of the incident was captured. The BCA recovered a handgun at the scene.

The Thursday afternoon statement added that the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy of the suspect shot and killed at the scene. The identity of the deceased will be released after the preliminary autopsy and after the family has been notified.

Law enforcement officials said the suspect posed an immediate threat and officers fired at the suspect. The suspect was struck and died later at the scene.

"While this is not the outcome we want, we expect our law enforcement officers to protect the public and themselves," Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart said.

Police said there was a passenger in the vehicle the suspect fled from.

Authorities said that person is considered a witness.

Some residents in the neighborhood said they awoke to the sounds of gunfire.

"The second round of gunshots .. everyone was in the back of that house right there, so I don't know if he (the suspect) went around to hide over here of something," Tong Sphabmisay said.

Calie Wilson works early, but was afraid to turn her lights on inside to get ready - not sure what was happening overnight behind her home.

"It's kind of scary to know that someone is shot in your backyard or you neighborhood," Wilson said.

"It was a little bit of an unsettling day for me today," she added.  

"The BCA's investigation is in its very early stages. The BCA will provide additional information once initial interviews with incident participants are complete," the Thursday afternoon statement from the BCA says.

 
 

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