Officers from the Robbinsdale Police Department fatally shot a man Friday morning after he allegedly charged at them while wielding a knife after an attempted traffic stop.
The incident happened just before 11 a.m. on the 3700 block of Noble Avenue North in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Police said the man was wanted on a felony warrant.
Limited details were posted in a press release on the city’s website:
“This morning at 1051 hours, Robbinsdale Officers were attempting a traffic stop on a vehicle in which the registered owner had an active felony warrant out for their arrest. A short vehicle pursuit ensued in which the vehicle was disabled and officers were able to block the vehicle in. An adult white male exited the driver side door of the vehicle armed with a knife. Officers made several commands for the suspect to drop the knife but he failed to do so. Officers attempted the use of a Taser, however that was unsuccessful. The suspect continued to charge officers with the knife in an aggressive manner.
During the altercation an officer discharged their firearm towards the suspect and the suspect was shot. Officers immediately attempted lifesaving measures. The suspect succumbed to his wounds on scene.
The Bureau for Criminal Apprehension has been put in charge of the investigation. Any questions or comments can be directed to them.”
It was just over a week ago when Minneapolis police fatally shot a man during a similar attempted felony traffic stop after they say he fired shots at them. Following that officer involved shooting, protesters demonstrated at the site of the shooting in south Minneapolis over the course of several days. It’s unknown at this time if protests are being planned in response to the Robbinsdale police shooting.
The identity of the man killed is expected to be released by the medical examiner in the coming days, and Robbinsdale police provided no further details on the reason for the felony warrant against the man.
Alpha News will continue to provide updates on this case as they develop.
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