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Man injured as his gun goes off during pat-down search from St. Paul police

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.

Police in St. Paul early Friday detained a person who was acting suspiciously, and when they gave him a pat-down search, his gun went off. 

The incident happened at about 1:15 a.m. Friday, with St. Paul Police Department saying in a news release that officers were patrolling the 1100 block of York Avenue when they saw two people "acting suspiciously." 

They detained one of the men. During a search, police discovered he had a handgun. 

"At some point, the gun discharged, striking the man in the leg," the release says. 

The man is being treated for injuries doctors say are non-life-threatening. He's in stable condition at Regions Hospital, and is under arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm, police said. 

The man has not been identified. The three officers involved, who are on administrative leave per standard procedure, have also not been identified. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident, which is department policy. 

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

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