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State Patrol: Semi driver kills self after being stopped by troopers

The incident happened Wednesday morning in the Miracle Mile shopping center parking lot in Rochester.
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Law enforcement says a semi-truck driver that was stopped for a vehicle inspection Wednesday morning fatally shot themselves in the head.

The incident happened at the Miracle Mile shopping center parking lot in Rochester around 6:45 a.m. The Minnesota State Patrol said in a news release troopers assigned to the patrol's commercial vehicle unit stopped the truck and attempted to detain the driver around 8:30 a.m. after they "failed to produce identification."

The State Patrol says "the driver took out a gun and fired two rounds, both of which were self-inflicted shots to the head."

The driver was taken to St. Mary's Hospital with life-threatening injuries, the release said. They were later pronounced dead.  

"No troopers fired their weapons and no troopers were injured," the release said. 

The Rochester Post Bulletin said at least eight State Patrol vehicles and at least three Rochester PD squad cars were surrounding the truck.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Rochester Police Department are investigating the incident. 

The release notes the State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section is comprised of civilian commercial vehicle inspectors and state troopers who conduct commercial vehicle safety inspections and weighing at highway weigh stations and roadside locations across Minnesota. 

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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