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Man shot dead by police after hostage situation on Mendota Bridge

The female victim wasn't seriously injured, police said.
Mendota Heights bridge

Police on the bridge during the Monday morning incident. 

An armed man allegedly holding a female hostage was shot dead by a deputy during a standoff on the Mendota Bridge early Monday. 

The incident on Highway 62 closed the bridge for many hours Monday morning, and it followed a disturbance and subsequent chase that police say started around 12:45 a.m. in the 400 block of Yellow Brick Circle in Chaska. 

The Carver County Sheriff's Office says it learned that a 29-year-old man was armed with a handgun and threatening to shoot a female inside the home. The suspect then took the female, whom police believe was a hostage, and led authorities on a pursuit before his tires were blown out by spike strips, resulting in him stopping on the Mendota Bridge.

Details about how the situation unfolded from their aren't clear, but the sheriff's office says a deputy shot and killed the man. 

"Negotiators and personnel from the Tri-City Tactical Team, along with other law enforcement personnel made extensive efforts to negotiate and de-escalate the situation to persuade the suspect to voluntarily surrender, but these efforts were unsuccessful," the sheriff's office said.

"The suspect continued to hold the female victim at gunpoint. The suspect, a 29-year-old white male, was shot and killed by a Carver County Sheriff’s Deputy. The female victim was emotionally distraught, but did not suffer serious injury during the incident."

"In this situation, the suspect created a dangerous situation for the female victim, motorists, other people in that area, and law enforcement," the sheriff's office added.

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The situation resulted in both directions of the Mendota Bridge being closed for half of the day Monday. 

The deputy who fired the fatal shot is on standard administrative leave and the Minnesota BCA is investigating the case.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the law enforcement's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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