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BCA: Officer shot man who rammed vehicle into squad car following chase


An Austin police officer shot a suspect authorities say rammed his vehicle into a squad car following a police chase.

The incident happened Wednesday around 8:10 p.m. when two Austin police officers and a Mower County sheriff's deputy were responding to a report of an erratic driver on the 1900 block of Oakland Avenue East, a news release from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says.

According to the news release:

They attempted to pull the driver over, but he fled and a pursuit began.

The officers chased the male suspect through Austin, reaching speeds of 70 mph, before the suspect stopped his vehicle about 3 minutes into the chase.

The officers pulled their three squad cars up behind the suspect's vehicle, and the man put his vehicle into reverse and rammed an Austin police officer's car.

That's when the officer shot the suspect. He attempted to flee again, but was stopped using a PIT maneuver.

The suspect, who hasn't been identified, was taken to the hospital and is being treated for a non-life threatening injury, the release notes. Witnesses told ABC 6 that the man lived in the neighborhood.

No officers were injured in the incident, and the officer who fired a weapon was placed on standard administrative leave, the release says.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident at the request of the Austin Police Department.

The agency is speaking with witnesses and reviewing evidence, including videos from the squad cars. When the bureau completes its investigation, it will turn its findings over to the Olmsted County Attorney's Office for review.

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