Police shoot and kill suspected car thief in suburban Minneapolis


BURNSVILLE, Minnesota – Police in the Minneapolis suburbs shot and killed a man allegedly involved in a hijacking on Sunday afternoon and shot prosecutors, according to a statement from the Burnsville Police Department.

The statement said officers encountered the suspect, believed to be a white male in his twenties, driving a vehicle with stolen license plates in Burnsville, south of Minneapolis. Shortly after the suspect crashed the vehicle, officers received a report that the same man then stole a car from a woman at gunpoint.

Police said the suspect started shooting at police during a chase before crashing into the vehicle. The suspect continued to shoot at the police and several police officers fired back, the statement said. The man was later pronounced dead in a Minneapolis hospital.

No officers were injured and those involved were placed on standard administrative leave, the statement said. All officers wear body cameras, which will be part of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation, the statement said.

The Star Tribune, citing traffic camera video, said the man jumped out of a moving white car, ran along the median and into traffic, and appeared to point a gun at a white SUV.

A clip of the traffic camera video posted online showed the man exiting a slowly moving vehicle on a freeway ramp, then entering traffic and appearing to try to stop the SUV, which has slowed down then moved away. A police car quickly pulled up beside the man.

The shooting comes a day before closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, and after a week of unrest that followed the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old black man by a policeman in Brooklyn Center, another suburb.

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