The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred in the city of Stillwater, Minn., on Saturday afternoon.
The incident began just before 2:30 p.m., when police were dispatched to an unknown medical situation at a Stillwater apartment complex at 2225 Orleans Street West. Officers were quickly informed that there were several reports that a gunman had opened fire inside the complex, and one person reported they had been shot.
A statement later released from Police Chief Brian Mueller said that prior to officers’ arrival, the suspect shot many rounds inside and outside of the location, hurting several individuals. Police later learned that the suspect had several extended magazines for use in a handgun.
Upon officers’ arrival, they were confronted by a man in the parking lot with a handgun who began shooting at them. At least two squad cars were hit by gunfire. Officers then returned fire incapacitating the suspect, the statement said. Officers performed life-saving measures, but the suspect was pronounced dead after being transported to Regions Hospital.
The police statement said that many people described the incident as an “active shooter-type” situation. Police also said the apartment complex is in close proximity to a residential area as well as several youth recreational facilities that were at capacity at the time.
“This situation could have been much worse, if not for the response of our officers,” the chief said. The chief also described the crime scene as “large-scale” and indicated there would be some inconvenience during the initial investigation.
No officers were reported to be injured, and no information was initially made available on the extent of any injuries to parties on site.
In addition to the BCA, the chief thanked several other law enforcement agencies that assisted Stillwater police during the incident, including the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, police departments from Oak Park Heights, Bayport and Woodbury, the Minnesota State Patrol, Stillwater Fire Department, and Lakeview EMS.
Alpha News will continue to follow developments in this incident.
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