St. Paul officer shoots man who got out of dumpster, ran towards police

A report says the man was naked and had a steak knife.
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A man who was shot by a St. Paul police officer Saturday night is being treated at Regions Hospital and is in stable condition, according to St.Paul Police Department. 

The officer-involved shooting happened around 9:15 p.m. on the 1000 block of Rice St. in the North End neighborhood after police found a man who they had been looking for in connection to a domestic incident and vehicle crash that happened 90 minutes earlier near Rice St. and Maryland Ave. W. 

According to police, officers found the man hiding in a dumpster behind a funeral home on Rice St. The officers tried to talk the man out and eventually used a PepperBall (chemical irritant similar to pepper spray) in an attempt to get him out. 

Eventually, the man got out of the dumpster and ran toward the officers, who responded by using Tasers and a K9, though one officer shot the man at least twice. 

The Star Tribune reports that the man was shot four times, three times in his legs and once in the abdomen. He was also bitten by the K9. The newspaper, citing scanner audio, reports that the man was naked and wielding a steak knife. 

The man was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital where he remains. 

No officers were injured and everyone involved in the incident have been placed on standard administrative leave while the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension leads the investigation. 

Note: Some of 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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