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Suspect fatally shot by police in Columbia Heights

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A suspect was shot and killed by police Tuesday morning at a business in Columbia Heights, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says.

Two Columbia Heights police officers responded to 40th Avenue Northeast around 2:30 a.m. after getting a report of a person with a gun, the BCA news release says.

When they arrived, they found a man inside, and at one point he showed a weapon. Police called for backup; officers from Columbia Heights and Fridley responded.

The man refused repeated orders to show his hands, and at one point officers fired their weapons, hitting him, the BCA says. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two officers – one from Fridley, the other from Columbia Heights – fired their weapons during the incident, the release notes. They are both on standard administrative leave.

The Columbia Heights police officer was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, an official told the Star Tribune, which the BCA will look at the video footage from the camera as part of its investigation, the release says. The city implemented the body-worn camera program in February 2015, according to the city's website.

The BCA says it will release the names of the officers once initial interviews are complete. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office will release the man's identity and cause of death.

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