BCA identifies officers, suspect in fatal police shooting in Albert Lea

A 27-year-old man was killed in the encounter on Thursday.
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Albert Lea Police Department

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the fatal officer-involved shooting in Albert Lea from Thursday, and on Friday night it released the identities of the three officers involved and the suspect who was killed. 

Joseph Alan Roberts, 27, of Albert Lea, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. 

The officers involved are Lt. Darin Palmer, officer Jesus Cantu and officer Jason Taylor. 

Palmer and Cantu fired their service weapons while Taylor deployed a Taser and a chemical irritant. All three have been with the Albert Lea Police Department for at least 18 years. 

Taylor suffered a minor sharp force injury during the incident and was treated at the scene. 

The deadly encounter happened after police were dispatched to a home located at 317 Court Street for a disturbance allegedly involving Roberts, who the BCA says fled the home and was tracked down by officers on foot in an alley between Court and West College streets. 

Details after that aren't totally clear, but the BCA reports that Officer Taylor suffered a sharp force injury and that he used a Taser and chemical irritant while the other two officers discharged their firearms. 

A knife was recovered at the scene. 

Officers were not wearing body cameras but squad vehicle cameras were recording and captured "portions of the incident," the BCA reports. 

All three officers are on standard administrative leave and the investigation is ongoing. 

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