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Suspect in Cottage Grove police shooting died of suicide

He died following a Monday morning crime spree.

The suspect in an east metro crime spree that ended in Cottage Grove died of suicide, and not after being shot by police.

Two officers fired their weapons in the incident that ended at Hidden Valley Court South Monday morning, but they didn't cause the suspect's death.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Noah Erickson, 34, of White Bear Lake, died of suicide after turning a gun on himself.

Erickson had earlier kidnapped a woman at gunpoint in the parking lot of her place of work in Maplewood at 6 a.m., forcing her to drive to her home in St. Paul, where he bound her and her roommate, and assaulted her roommate.

He left the scene in the victim's vehicle, which he abandoned in the Hidden Valley neighborhood in Cottage Grove, and car-jacked another at gunpoint from a man at 8:30 a.m.

He abandoned this vehicle a few blocks away and fled on foot, entering a home at 7471 Hidden Valley Court South and taking a family – two of them children – hostage. 

When he entered the garage in the home, the family fled through the front door, while Erickson stole their pickup from the garage.

As police arrived, he drove around barricades and across yards, eventually crashing into a tree several houses down. At this point he exited and exchange gunfire with police, before turning the gun on himself.

The officers involved in the shootout have been identified as Cottage Grove police captain Gwen Martin, an 18-year police veteran, and Woodbury sergeant Omar Maklad, a 16-year police veteran.

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