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Police increasing patrols after man's 'suspicious' death near Target in Minneapolis


Police have increased patrols after the body of a man was found behind a Target store in south Minneapolis with apparently violent injuries.

Police received a report of an unresponsive male in a grassy area behind the back of a Target store at 2500 E. Lake St. just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, police said in a news release.

They arrived to find the man was dead, and police are calling his death "suspicious."

A spokesman told the Star Tribune he had "met up with some sort of violence," but did not provide any more detail. According to WCCO, police say the man's death does not appear to be random, and that they plan to interview one person of interest.

The medical examiner will release the victim's name and cause of death, the release says.

In wake of this "suspicious" death, the department is adding more patrols in the area and is asking officers to increase community engagement in the neighborhood.

"We are allocating patrol resources in an effort to prevent future acts of violent crime," the release notes. "Residents will see more police in this area and are encouraged to share information and work with officers on this public safety issue."

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin message with: TIP674 or call the MPD tip line at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

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