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Police say man shot by officers in Coon Rapids was armed, experiencing mental health crisis

The man is undergoing treatment in a Twin Cities hospital.
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Police say the man who was shot by officers in Coon Rapids Monday afternoon was armed and appears to have been experiencing a mental health crisis.

An update Monday evening by the Coon Rapids Police Department revealed that the 26-year-old man shot by police has been taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment, and the last update on his condition is that he was stable.

Police Chief Brad Wise said that the final confrontation between the man and the two officers who opened fire occurred about 12 feet from the officers' squad car in a residential neighborhood.

At this time it's not been revealed whether the man pointed his gun at the officers, with Wise saying this information will likely be released later on in the investigation.

Wise said that his officers do not wear body cams, but other officers responding to the scene did have cameras, and were able to capture footage of the incident.

He said the officers were "desperate" not to use firearms and had deployed "less lethal" bean bag rounds on more than one occasion during the incident. The department said it had initially received a call from a relative of the man at 4:29 p.m., with the caller saying the man was suicidal and "carrying a gun in his waistband."

An officer first spotted him a few minutes later walking north on Hanson Boulevard, but lost sight of him as he walked towards a residential area in the 12300 block of Drake Street.

They found him again at 4:38 p.m. and noted he had a "gun in his hand," a statement from Coon Rapids PD said.

Officers attempted to talk him down but the man allegedly refused to relinquish his gun. At 4:43 p.m. they fired a bean bag shotgun, hitting him several times "without effect."

"The man continued to be undisturbed by the action and continued to hold the gun and walk away through a wooded area," the police statement said.

Officers continued to negotiate with the man, and at 4:49 p.m. they fired another bean bag round, again with no effect. At 4:50 p.m. they used their service firearms, striking him, with lifesaving efforts then commencing.

No officers were injured in the incident.

“Our hope is that this man in crisis is going to recover. He was clearly going through something terrible and needs help," Wise said. "All of our officers respect the sanctity of life and were desperate to avoid discharging their weapons at this scene, but circumstances did not allow for that.

The Minnesota BCA is investigating the incident.

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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