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Minneapolis officer crashes into private vehicle during a pursuit, killing driver

A private vehicle was struck by an officer's squad car that was in pursuit of a suspect.
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While pursuing a robbery suspect early Tuesday morning a Minneapolis police squad was involved in a crash that killed the driver of the other vehicle. 

According to a Minneapolis Police Department news release, the pursuit was sparked around 12:30 a.m., when an officer spotted a suspected carjacked vehicle near North 6th Street and Lowry Avenue.

The occupant of the vehicle reportedly fled when police initiated a traffic stop, prompting a pursuit that went through Lyndale Avenue and North 41st Avenue.

It was at this point that the northbound MPD squad car collided with a vehicle westbound on 41st Avenue.

The driver of this vehicle and the officer were taken to North Memorial Medical Center, where the former died from their injuries, while the police officer was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. 

A vehicle that was southbound on Lyndale was also involved in the crash, though MPD did not report any injuries. 

Police have not said what happened with the fleeing suspect, who was allegedly involved in multiple robberies of businesses. 

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The Minnesota State Patrol is conducting a reconstruction of the crash as part of its investigation. 

The identities of the victim and police officer have not been released. 

In 2019, MPD changed its policy for pursuits following a number of high-profile crashes involving suspects or police officers in the city.

The new policy stipulated that officers would no longer give chase over minor offenses, such was the risk inherent with pursuits. The new policy states that chase may only be given for "a serious and violent felony or gross misdemeanor."

Note: The 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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