A man has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after being shot by St. Paul Police after he tried to flee officers during a traffic stop on Friday evening.
The chase was in St. Paul's north end, sometimes reaching speeds of 80 mph on Lexington Avenue and side streets. As the Pioneer Press reports, the man was not identified; he was taken to Regions Hospital after police shot him three times. Police said the man was expected to survive.
According to WCCO, an officer stopped a vehicle just after 5 p.m. near Front Avenue and Marion Street, but the driver fled soon after.
Shortly after the chase began, one man bailed out of the car in the 600 block of Front Avenue but was apprehended within five minutes, according to the St. Paul paper.
The vehicle then wove through residential streets surrounding the six-way intersection of Como and Front avenues and Dale Street, at times reaching speeds up to 80 mph.
The final stretch of the chase ran east down Front Avenue to Woodbridge Street, where the man turned north and pulled over, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The suspect eventually slowed his vehicle and jumped out near the intersection of Front Avenue and Woodbridge Street.
Officers at the scene fired their weapons at the suspect, wounding him. No officers were injured.
WCCO says the reason why police opened fire is not known at this time, but they believed the suspect was armed.