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Man killed by officers in Alexandria had charged with a knife, police say


The man who was fatally shot by law enforcement officials in Alexandria Tuesday afternoon had charged at them with a knife, the preliminary investigation shows.

Three agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) went to an Alexandria home as part of an undercover operation into the solicitation of minors, according to a news release from the St. Paul Police Department, which is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

When they went into 4th Avenue East home and told 31-year-old Adam Jo Klimek he was being arrested, the man charged at them with a knife. That's when two of the agents – Beth Eilers and Dustin Vanderhagen – shot at Klimek, killing him, according to the police department.

The release says officials "immediately" provided aid to Klimek and called paramedics, who then pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Anoka County Medical Examiner's Office will determine Klimek's exact cause of death.

Police have not given any other details about the BCA's undercover operation or what Klimek was being arrested for. But according to media reports and court records, Klimek had a history of soliciting sex with minors – in 2014, he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of engaging in prostitution of a person under 13 years old.

The BCA requested the St. Paul Police Department conduct an independent investigation into the shooting, and officials say they have gone to Alexandria, where they interviewed witnesses and looked at evidence in order to determine what led to the shooting.

Once the department's investigation is complete, officials will turn their findings over to the Douglas County Attorney's Office, which will consider charges against the agents.

According to the Washington Post, at least 565 people (including Klimek) have been shot and killed by officers in 2016. Eight of those have occurred in Minnesota.

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