Kowalski's robbery suspect shot by St. Paul police dies

12:24 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A gunman who robbed a St. Paul grocery store has died after he was shot by at least one police officer.

Police were called to the robbery at Kowalski's Markets just after 8:30 a.m. Monday. As officers arrived they learned the suspect had left the store through a rear entrance. Officers saw the suspect and ran after him.

Police fired and struck the suspect. Paramedics took the Brooklyn Park man to Regions Hospital, where he died.

On Tuesday, the St. Paul Police identified the suspect as 20-year-old Melvin Duane Fletcher Jr. 

A St. Paul police spokesman says no one else was hurt.

The two officers involved in this incident are on standard administrative leave.  One of the officers was an 11-year veteran of the police department and the other was a 10-year veteran. 

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