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Suicidal, armed man shot dead by police in east metro

It happened in Lake Elmo just after midnight Thursday.

An armed, suicidal man was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, early Thursday morning. 

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, they received a call of a suicidal man at 12:09 a.m. and upon arrival at the scene near Lake Elmo Avenue and 34th Street North, deputies found a 23-year-old white male with a gun. 

They spoke to him in an attempt to de-escalate the situation, before firing less-lethal ammunition at him.

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At some point after this, "one deputy discharged his firearm at the subject," the sheriff's office said in a press release.

Life-saving efforts were attempted but the man was pronounced dead after being taken to Regions Hospital. 

It's unclear if the incident was captured on body cam or by a police cruiser's dash cam. 

The shooting is now under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which will release further updates about the incident in due course.

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