The man suspected of an armed carjacking in North Branch Monday morning was fatally shot by police, while his 7-year-old daughter who was with him was found safe.
The Chisago County Sheriff's Office says the suspect, who hasn't been identified, used a handgun to steal a black Chevy Impala, then took off through a backyard, over a fence and onto Interstate 35. His daughter was with him at the time of the carjacking.
At about 9:51 a.m., the sheriff's office said the suspect used OnStar to ask someone to get his daughter from him, with officials noting he was making suicidal comments.
The suspect was soon located in rural Fish Lake Township, where he was fatally shot by police, a news release says. Details about what exactly led to the shooting haven't been released, and it's still being investigated.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, officials said the suspect's daughter was in the car at the time of the shooting. But it's not clear where the suspect was when he was shot, or whether she saw it happen. She is now with her mother.
So far this year at least four people have been fatally shot by police in Minnesota, while 508 people have been killed by police nationally this year, according to the Washington Post's fatal force database. Last year, 963 people were killed by police in the U.S., including 14 people in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating, which is standard for officer-involved shootings. The officers involved in the shooting, including deputies from the sheriff's office and one Minnesota State Patrol officer, have been placed on administrative leave, which is also standard.
No other injuries were reported.
More on the carjacking
Police first learned of the suspect when a homeowner called them around 7:30 a.m. to report a suspicious person, noting he was carrying a small child and asking about using a vehicle, officials said at the news conference. He didn't show his gun, and left.
Then, about 5 minutes later and less than a mile away, the suspect approached a homeowner in her driveway, showed the gun and stole the Chevy.
Officials say the suspect didn't know either of the homeowners, and they don't believe he has a connection to the City of North Branch.
For the original story from earlier Monday, read below.
Officials in Chisago County are asking for the public's help to find an armed carjacking suspect.
The suspect is described as being white, between 40-55 years old, and having a "scruffy" beard and "shaggy" hair, possibly in a ponytail. He was wearing a green shirt. The vehicle has a trailer hitch and a spoiler.
The suspect may have a small child with him. Chief Dan Meyer of the North Branch Police Department told GoMN the child may be the suspect's, but they have no information at this point if the child is in danger.
Anyone who sees the suspect or the vehicle is asked to call 911, and not approach him as he's armed, the Chisago County Sheriff's Office tweeted.
The sheriff's office says the suspect may be looking for a neighborhood to stash the stolen car and find a new one, noting it "already happened once so far." Apparently the suspect was spotted in a different area of North Branch trying to steal another vehicle, but wasn't able to, the sheriff's office tweeted.
At this point, officials still believe he's in the Impala.
We'll update this story when more information is available.