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Update: Police confirms identity of man shot dead by officer following chase in southern MN

Friends have identified the victim as 20-year-old Gilbert Salas.
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Update 4:30 p.m.

Police have confirmed that the person killed in an officer-involved shooting in St. James, Minnesota on Wednesday was 20-year-old Gilbert Salas, of Gaylord.

According to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, Salas died from "multiple gunshot wounds."

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is expected to release the names of the officers involved in the shooting on Friday.

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What's happened?

Police in southeast Minnesota have shot and killed a man following a chase on Wednesday morning.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident that left 20-year-old Gilbert Salas, of St. James, dead.

He was said to have been armed with a knife at the time he was shot.

Who's the victim?

Police haven't yet confirmed that Gilbert Salas was the suspect in the chase, but friends have identified him on social media.

To all those who were lucky enough to cross paths with Gilbert Salas, know just how outgoing he was, how funny he could be, how caring he can care about someone or something," Valerie Flores wrote on Facebook.

"When he loved, he loved twice as much."

He's a father of two, with the mother of his children, Vanessa Naveunxay, telling the Mankato Free Press they met at St. James Public School, and at the time of his death he was living with his brother and working construction with him.

"He was an excellent father," she told the newspaper. "Any time they needed him he was there. He loved them more than anything.


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What were the circumstances?

According to a BCA press release, Nicollet County sheriff's deputies spotted a vehicle in Lafayette that had been earlier reported stolen in New Ulm.

They gave chase, along with deputies from Blue Earth and Brown county sheriff's departments, New Ulm and North Mankato police departments and state troopers.

The chase was called off for safety reasons, but the vehicle was seen a half-hour later in St. James, with officers following until the suspect drove into a snow bank, fleeing on foot to a gas station on 2nd Avenue South.

He hid alone in an office as police entered the building, and was reportedly in possession of a knife that was later recovered from the scene.

Police deployed "multiple Taser rounds" as they approached him, before one officer fired their weapon.

The suspect was taken to the Mayo Clinic Health System hospital in St. James, where he was pronounced dead.

What else should you know?

The BCA has been gathering evidence and interviews at the scene, with the investigation at an early stage.

It did however say that none of the officers were wearing body cameras and there's no dash cam footage of the incident available.

The officer who shot the suspect is on standard administrative leave and has not yet been identified.

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