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Man shot dead by police after taking family hostage in Cottage Grove

He car-jacked two vehicles before taking a family hostage.

UPDATE 12:20 P.M.

A man has died after being shot by police following a chain of criminal events in the east metro on Monday morning.

The armed suspect was shot in the Hidden Valley Trail neighborhood of Cottage Grove, shortly after he had taken a family of four hostage after breaking into their home around 9 a.m.

He had broken into the home after using a handgun to steal a car from a resident in the neighborhood around 8:30 a.m.

This came about a half-hour after he car-jacked another vehicle in Maplewood, demanding the vehicle driver take him to St. Paul, where he reportedly committed a "very serious crime."

The hostages were able to escape, with the suspect taking their pickup truck in a bid to escape, but crashed shortly afterwards.

He then fled on foot where he was confronted by police officers, two of whom opened fire, killing him.

Original story

Police officers in Cottage Grove have been involved in a shooting, which is reportedly linked to a possible abduction in the east metro Monday morning.

The Cottage Grove Police Department confirmed it is at the scene of an officer-involved shooting near Hidden Valley Trail, saying there is "no longer a threat" to the safety of residents in the area.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is among several agencies that have responded to the scene.

More information will be released at a noon press conference, but it appears as though the shooting has stemmed from an alleged abduction in Maplewood earlier this morning.

A Maplewood Police Department commander told KARE 11 that it appears a woman was abducted from a parking lot in Maplewood, before being taken to her home in St. Paul where several more crimes occurred.

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The Star Tribune however, citing dispatch audio, categorized the suspect's alleged crimes as car-jackings, with the armed suspect fleeing to an occupied home and breaking in, before being shot as he tried to leave in a pickup.

Hidden Valley Lane and Hidden Valley Trail are linked residential roads, carrying out a loop that is bisected towards its northern end by Hidden Valley Park.

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