2 men shot dead by police in separate incidents Friday

Both shootings happened in the greater Twin Cities area.
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Two people were killed during two separate confrontations with police officers in the greater Twin Cities area on Friday.

The first happened in north Minneapolis early in the afternoon, when officers responded to a report of a suicidal male; the second one happened Friday night in Shakopee when officers were investigating a fire alarm. 

The Minneapolis shooting

When police arrived at the Morgan Avenue North address shortly after 2 p.m., the man they were sent to investigate came out of the residence brandishing a weapon, a news release says.

He was subsequently shot by the two officers, who are now on administrative leave – part of standard procedure after police-involved shootings.

Authorities have not specified what kind of weapon the man was allegedly brandishing, but according to the Star Tribune, police dispatch audio identified it as a knife. 

Both the police department and Mayor Jacob Frey's office confirm that the officers' body cameras were on and recording at the time.

"Regardless of the information that comes forth, our city mourns a life lost and grieves with a family and community in pain," Mayor Frey said in a statement.

The Shakopee shooting

While investigating a fire alarm at a building on the 800 Block of Apgar Street just after 11 p.m. Friday, the Shakopee officers were "met by a male holding a handgun," a tweet from the police department says. 

While standing in the doorway of the building, police say, the unidentified man "raised the handgun and pointed at the lead officer," who, "fearing for his life," opened fire and struck the man. 

The police performed lifesaving measures, and though the man was taken to the hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries.

As with the Minneapolis shooting, authorities say the officers' body cams were on and operating.

Investigation of both cases has been taken over by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. 

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