Suspect shot by police following chase through Austin is charged


The suspect shot by police after authorities say he rammed his vehicle into a squad car following a police chase in Austin has been charged.

Edgar Rodriguez, 25, of Austin, made his first court appearance Monday in connection to the April 20 incident, the Mower County Attorney's Office told BringMeTheNews.

He's charged with fleeing a police officer and second-degree assault, jail records show. Bail was set at $50,000 with conditions, ABC 6 reports.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA):

Officials responded to the report of an erratic driver in Austin and attempted to pull him over, but he fled and a pursuit began.

The officers chased Rodriguez through Austin, reaching speeds of 70 mph, before he stopped his vehicle about 3 minutes into the chase.

The officers pulled their squad cars up behind the Rodriguez's vehicle, and he put his vehicle into reverse and rammed it into an Austin police officer's car.

That's when the officer – identified Monday as Adam Scott – shot the suspect.

Rodriguez attempted to flee again, but was stopped using a PIT maneuver.

Scott, who has been with the Austin Police Department for six months, was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, the BCA says.

The BCA continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting, and when finished it will hand the findings over to the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office for review, the release says.

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