Minnesota National Guardsman fired 3 rounds at vehicle that wouldn't stop

The incident happened Sunday night.
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A Minnesota National Guard member fired at a vehicle that was headed toward officers Sunday night. 

Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen of the Minnesota National Guard said in a news conference Monday at around 9:48 p.m., an "unknown" vehicle was moving at a "high rate of speed" toward a Minnesota National Guardsman and police officers monitoring protests near Interstate 35 and Washington Avenue in Minneapolis. 

"The rapidly approaching vehicle refused to slow down as it approached our guardsman and our police officers," Jensen said.

The guardsman used verbal and nonverbal signals to get the vehicle to stop, but it continued at a "high rate of speed," he noted.

Non-lethal methods were then used to get the vehicle to stop, but they didn't work, and that's when the soldier fired three rounds from his rifle in response to a "perceived and legitimate threat," Jensen explained.

The vehicle changed course and fled the scene.

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No injuries have been reported. The incident has been reported to the governor's office and the chief of the National Guard Bureau and it will be investigated, as is procedure.

The Minnesota National Guard was called in to help get rioting under control in the Twin Cities following the death of George Floyd. 

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