1 dead in officer-involved shooting in Virginia, Minnesota

The suspect was shot and killed on Tuesday evening.
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A police officer in Virginia, Minnesota shot and killed a person while responding to a report of suspicious activity on Tuesday evening. 

According to a release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, officers responded to the 300 block of 2nd Street South at 5:15 p.m., and upon arrival an officer fatally shot a person in the street. 

It is not clear what prompted the officer to open fire, but the BCA says a knife was recovered at the scene. 

The suspect was treated at the scene by first responders and taken by ambulance to Essentia Health-Virginia and was later pronounced dead.

The officer who fired their weapon has been placed on standard administrative leave. 

Identities of the officer and victim have not been released, although the BCA says the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office will reveal the identity of the suspect pending an autopsy and notification of family members. 

“More information will be available once the first round of interviews with incident participants and any witnesses is complete," the BCA release says. 

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Officers involved in the incident were not wearing body cameras and it's unclear if squad car dash cameras were recording. 

Virginia Police Department began using body cameras in 2017 and its guidelines state that they are a "part of their uniform." It is, however, not clear if all officers wear body cameras.

Bring Me The News has reached out to Virginia PD and the BCA about the department's body camera policy and will update the story accordingly once a response is received. 

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