Officers shoot suspect following chase in northwestern Minnesota

The suspect had a gun.

Sheriff's deputies shot an armed suspect following a high-speed chase in northwestern Minnesota Thursday night. 

Deputies used stop sticks to end the pursuit on Highway 10 near Audubon, a news release says

The officer-involved shooting happened when the suspect got out of their car with a "long gun," officials said. 

The suspect, who hasn't been identified, was brought to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Their condition is not known. 

No officers were injured in the incident. Their names will be released after they give their statements to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the incident. 

As for what led to the chase, the sheriff's office says that's still under investigation. 

Officer-involved shootings in Minnesota

In 2016, there were 34 incidents in which a Minnesota police officer fired their weapon, the most recent Minnesota Uniform Crime Report says. Eight were accidental discharges.

Last year, police fired 87 shots in those 34 incidents. It resulted in 13 people being killed and six people getting hurt by gunfire.

Six others were injured, but by something that wasn't a gun, the report says.

Of the 87 shots, 20 of them came during a traffic stop or pursuit, which is the second most common way an officer discharged their weapon.

Responding to a disturbance call was the most common, accounting for 29 of the shots fired last year.

It's not very common for an officer to fire their service weapon. A Pew Research study found only about 27 percent of all officers say they've ever fired their gun while on the job.

But the public believes a lot more have, with 83 percent estimating the typical officer has shot their gun at least once while working. 

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