Duluth police officers kill armed man who fled crash; BCA investigating


The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after a Duluth man was fatally shot by two police officers, fatal shooting in which two Duluth police officers, Northland's Newscenter reports.

The police department issued a statement saying the officers responded to a one-vehicle accident and found the driver had fled the scene. Police say the two officers then went to the home of the vehicle's owner and found a man outside with a handgun. According to the statement, the officers spent at least three minutes issuing verbal commands to which the man apparently did not comply.

When the officers attempted to take the man into custody, "the subject reached for the area where the gun was located." Both officers then fired on the 26-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither officer was injured, the police say. They are 5-year and 4-year veterans of the department. Both have been placed on administrative leave, which is customary in such incidents WDIO reports.

The shooting reportedly occurred at about 2 a.m. in the 300 block of East Locust Street.

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