Suspect fatally shot on Mendota Bridge during alleged hostage situation ID'd as Richfield man

The 31-year-old was allegedly holding a woman at gunpoint.
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The man fatally shot in the head by a Carver County deputy during an alleged hostage situation on the Mendota Bridge early Monday morning has been identified as a 31-year-old Richfield man. 

Arlan K. Schultz was identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, which says he died of a gunshot wound of the head. The manner of death is homicide, the medical examiner ruled. 

Schultz is accused of threatening to shoot a female inside a home on the 400 block of Yellow Brick Circle in Chaska around 12:45 a.m. Monday, with authorities believing he then took her hostage and led law enforcement on a pursuit before his vehicle's tires were blown out by spike strips, causing him to come to a stop on the Mendota Bridge in Mendota Heights. 

Details about how the situation unfolded from there aren't clear, but the sheriff's office says a deputy shot and killed him after numerous attempts by negotiators and a tactical team to de-escalate the situation and get Schultz to surrender. 

The Carver County Sheriff's Office said the "suspect continued to hold the female victim at gunpoint," and that the "suspect created a dangerous situation for the female victim, motorists, other people in that area, and law enforcement."

The female victim was not seriously injured during the ordeal, though the sheriff's office said she was "emotionally distraught." 

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The fatal shot was fired at approximately 5:36 a.m., the medical examiner noted. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the case. 

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the law enforcement's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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