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Minnetonka High School mourns student shot dead by police

Archer Amorosi was reportedly suicidal before dying in the police shooting on Friday.

The Minnetonka High School community has reacted with grief to the death of Archer Amorosi, who was fatally shot by Carver County deputies on Friday.

The 16 year old was reported to be suicidal and holding a knife and a baseball bat before deputies arrived at the scene in Chanhassen. After encountering Amorosi and trying initially to use a Taser on him, two deputies opened fire, killing him.

The teenager, who was due to start his junior year at Minnetonka High School, has been remembered by those who knew him as a talented athlete.

As a freshman, he was a quarterback on the high school's football team, and he was also a member of the lacrosse team.

The school's lacrosse team paid tribute to Amorosi by posting the below image of is jersey on Friday.

High school principal Jeff Erickson described Amorosi's death as a "heartbreaking loss," saying support staff will be available for students at the school on Monday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Archer's family and friends," he added.

Amorosi's football coach, Dave Nelson, told WCCO he'd just texted with him last week about getting started on football training.

"I understood that he was dealing with some things," he added. "I know all the coaches at the high school, football staff, lacrosse staff, had worked hard with Archer and you feel inadequate at times."

A rock that stands under the American flag at Minnetonka High School has been painted blue with the words "Archer" and "12" for his football number, KARE 11 reports.

Incoming Minnetonka freshman Cade Conzemius described Amorosi to the TV station as "upbeat" and someone who'd get his fellow players "fired up."

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