Sheriff: Man shot dead after firing on deputies, officers in Lakeville

The incident happened around 11:40 a.m. Friday.
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A 36-year-old man was shot and killed by law enforcement after he fired on them inside a residence in Lakeville Friday. 

Dakota County Sheriff's Office deputies and officers from Lakeville Police Department were attempting to serve an emergency Order for Protection in the 20000 block of Italy Ave. at 11:41 a.m. when the 36-year-old inside opened fired, prompting law enforcement to respond with fire. 

"Within seconds of deputies and officers entering the residence, the subject, who was armed with a gun, opened fire on the deputies and officers. One Dakota County deputy returned fire, fatally striking the suspect," the Dakota County Sheriff's Office said in a release. 

Life-saving efforts were made but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

No law enforcement were injured in the incident. 

The sheriff's office says the protection order required the man to vacate the residence, adding that the man had an active arrest warrant for fourth-degree assault on a peace officer. 

"In this situation the subject could have taken the lives of deputies, officers or the public with his decision to open fire," the sheriff's office said. "Absent the actions of the deputy, others could have been injured or killed." 

All law enforcement involved in the incident have been placed on standard administrative leave. 

An investigation is ongoing and more information is expected to be released early next week. 

Original story

An investigation is underway after an officer-involved shooting in Lakeville Friday morning. 

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the incident, saying it happened in Lakeville around 11:40 a.m. Deputies involved in the incident were not harmed and the suspect was shot, the sheriff's office said. 

The Star Tribune cites dispatch audio in reporting that it is a fatal officer-involved shooting and that law enforcement was serving a warrant in the 20800 block of Italy Ave. when the shooting happened. 

Police have not confirmed that the shooting was fatal. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation. 

This is a developing story. 

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