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Traffic stop leads to deadly officer-involved shooting in Bemidji

The suspect was in possession of a handgun, authorities say.

A passenger in the back seat of a vehicle is dead following a struggle with authorities in Bemidji on Wednesday night. 

According to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, the officer-involved shooting happened just before 11 p.m. during a traffic stop at the intersection of 30th Street NW and Ridgeway Ave. 

During the stop, the officer learned that the passenger in the back seat of the vehicle was wanted on a felony warrant. A deputy from the sheriff's office arrived to assist in the arrest, and as the passenger exited the vehicle the officer and deputy saw that the person had a handgun. 

A struggle to gain control of the gun ensued and the officer and deputy both opened fire on the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Bemidji police officer was wearing a body camera and a handgun, the sheriff's release says. 

Identities of the officer, deputy and suspect have not been released as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is in the early stages of leading an independent investigation.

Both the officer and deputy have been placed on standard administrative leave. 

It's the second deadly officer-involved shooting in as many days in Minnesota. On Tuesday evening, a person was shot and killed by a police officer in Virginia, Minnesota. 

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